This season has been an incredible disappointment for the New York Rangers. That may even be putting it lightly. They currently sit outside of the top eight in the Eastern Conference, and are in danger of missing the playoffs after coming into the season as huge Stanley Cup favorites.
Of all the Rangers players that have been disappointing, and there are quite a few, the largest disappointment of the bunch may be Marian Gaborik.
Gaborik has 17 points on the season. For most players, 17 points in 26 games wouldn’t be a terrible total. But for a guy coming off of a 76-point campaign and expected to be an anchor on one of the best, if not the best, top line in the entire league, this year hasn’t been good at all.
He’s struggled particularly in trying to put the puck in the net. Since the month of February started, Gaborik has just three goals. He has only eight on the year.
Worse yet, Gaborik has had several issues with coach John Tortorella. As hard as that may be to believe. He’s been demoted down to the Rangers’ third line multiple times this season. Those issues with the man behind the bench could end up being his downfall in New York.
We have yet to hear anything serious about Gaborik out on the trade market. But if he continues to struggle and bounce between the lines, then the Rangers could look to deal him. Especially with his $7.5 million cap hit that goes through next season. This is going to be a situation to keep an eye on as the trade deadline draws near.