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Marian Gaborik injury update: Columbus Blue Jackets release timeline for injured forward

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Marian Gaborik injury update

Marian Gaborik lasted all of four shifts following his return from a knee injury. He missed five weeks of action for the Columbus Blue Jackets with that ailment, but made his return on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Gaborik sustained a fractured collarbone mere minutes into the contest though, and will miss upwards of two months.

This comes via Aaron Portzline’s report this morning for The Columbus Dispatch.

Columbus has been decimated by injuries this season, yet is managing to stay afloat in the Metropolitan Division. They also lost Matt Calvert against the Flyers. The energetic forward sprained his shoulder according to the Dispatch, and will miss two or three weeks with the injury.

Gaborik has only managed to suit up for 18 games this season. Even when he was healthy, the 12-year NHL veteran struggled to produce at a high level. He had five goals and seven assists, and was then derailed for more than a month with the knee injury. So the Blue Jackets will continue to solider on without their most dangerous offensive threat.

This string of injuries leaves both player in team in limbo, since Gaborik’s five-year, $37.5 million contract expires at the end of this season. Will Columbus be willing to ink the forward to another hefty contract in hopes that he’s getting the injury bug out of his system all at once this year?

This will be the first major decision of Jarmo Kekalainen’s tenure. He didn’t extend Gaborik this summer, and instead waited to see what he would do through a full season for the Jackets. That plan has gone off the rails due to the forward’s inability to stay healthy though.

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