Marian Gaborik hasn’t had much of anything to do with the success of the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. He’s only appeared in 18 games and has scored five goals for the team. While he’s been on the shelf, Columbus has managed to claw back into a playoff position and has been among the hottest teams in the NHL over the last month or so.
They’ll get a chance to see what their roster can do with Gaborik in the lineup soon though.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the shifty forward is back at practice for the Blue Jackets, though he’s wearing a no-contact sweater. As per his report:
A similiar [sic] decision by the Blue Jackets’ medical staff awaits Marian Gaborik in his hopes to play for Slovakia. Gaborik skated today wearing a red “no contact” sweater, but he did bump into his teammates more than a few times.
Making contact with teammates and not going down with an injury is more than Gaborik could manage in his last attempted comeback. He lasted 2:45 against the Philadelphia Flyers after missing a majority of the early part of the season before breaking his collarbone. It’s that injury that he’s attempting to return from now.
Making things more interesting for the forward are persistent trade rumors surrounding him. It’s clear that he doesn’t fit in with the identity that the Blue Jackets have at this point, and teams like the Detroit Red Wings have been linked to the forward.
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