Rangers' Gaborik to have shoulder surgery
According to the release, the procedure will be performed by Drs. Andrew Feldman and Anthony Maddalo at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan, and is likely to keep Gaborik out for about six months – which could push his return back until after the beginning of the 2012-12 NHL season.
A newspaper in Gaborik’s native Slovakia reported on Tuesday that the winger, who scored 41 goals during the regular season but was a non-factor for much of the Rangers’ playoff run, had an MRI that revealed the extent of the injury and held an press conference in his home country that same day.
“He (Gaborik) said that he played the last two months of the season with a torn shoulder capsule and rotator and that he took pain medication and injections to dampen the pain, but he was lacking strength,” according to the report in Webnoviny.
The All-Star forward who had 41 goals and 35 assists during the regular season, but notched just five goals and six assists in 20 postseason games, which many naysayers chalked up to another instance cementing Gaborik’s reputation of being a poor postseason performer.
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