The last of the original Wild closes the book

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 8, 2009 - 11:57 PM

Marian Gaborik appeared in St. Paul to reflect on his time in Minnesota and to say thank you.

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vikings1Jul. 8, 0910:47 PM

First the Vikes w/ Moss, then Twins with Santana, followed by Twolves w/ Garnett and now Gaborik...when will the farm system to NY and Boston cease to exist? When will the owners of MN franchises start investing in their teams and stop lying to their teams fans?

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cazzie89Jul. 9, 09 1:47 AM

AMEN

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jemihamiJul. 9, 09 2:03 AM

Not even an offer? I guess I can't say that Fletcher has improved the team this off-season, but whatever ... same old, same old.

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ericspaethJul. 9, 09 2:26 AM

Gabby was a huge part of the Wild on the nights that he played -- few players in the league could match his speed and scoring ability. This offseason instead of signing a contract with Gaborik that would have cost us a $7.5 - $7.8 million cap hit, we got Havlat at a cap hit of $5 mil. Havlat has the history of being the same type of impact player, and was instrumental in turning things around for the Blackhawks to the point that they're actually selling out games again in Chicago. Not only does Havlat's lower cap hit allow us to get more skilled players, but he's never missed as many games as Gabby so he'll likely be a larger benefit to the team overall. TSN recently compiled a list of all Gaborik's injuries in his time here in MN; here they are for those who may have forgotten: 22-Mar-09 Missed 38 games (hip surgery). 24-Dec-08 Groin, sidelined indefinitely. 17-Dec-08 Missed 27 games (back injury). 16-Oct-08 Back injury, day-to-day. 15-Nov-07 Missed 3 games (groin). 05-Nov-07 Groin, day-to-day. 01-Nov-07 Missed 2 games (groin). 27-Oct-07 Groin, day-to-day. 06-Jan-07 Missed 34 games (groin strain). 02-Jan-07 Groin strain, day-to-day. 21-Oct-06 Groin strain, sidelined indefinitely. 05-Jul-06 Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a three-year contract. 23-Nov-05 Missed 11 games (hip flexor). 25-Oct-05 Hip flexor, sidelined indefinitely. 19-Oct-05 Missed 6 games (groin). 04-Oct-05 Groin, mid-October. 28-Sep-05 Groin, day-to-day. 02-Feb-04 Missed 5 games (hip flexor). 22-Jan-04 Hip flexor, day-to-day. 31-Oct-03 Re-signed by the Minnesota Wild to a multi-year contract. 30-Jun-03 Minnesota Wild tendered a qualifying offer. 17-Dec-02 Missed 1 game (flu). 15-Dec-02 Flu, day-to-day. 28-Dec-01 Missed 3 games (groin). 22-Dec-01 Groin, day-to-day. 07-Oct-01 Missed 1 game (hernia). 01-Oct-01 Hernia, day-to-day. 08-Apr-01 Missed the last 4 games of the regular season (abdominal strain). 02-Apr-01 Abdominal strain, day-to-day. 30-Nov-00 Missed 6 games (left leg injury). 17-Nov-00 Left leg injury, day-to-day.

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SLBuschowJul. 9, 09 3:37 AM

Sorry, but that's just a plain ignorant supposition. ESPECIALLY with Moss: he was a CANCER, get over it. Also, he was traded to the Raiders...how does that mix with your brilliant farm system idea? Oh, right...it doesn't. Perhaps you'd better stick to trading cards and fantasy leagues: in the real world your ideas are inane.

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lotus65Jul. 9, 09 6:10 AM

that's a fairly classy move by gabby. the last 3 years it's been tough to be a fan, but it was easy the first 6. he lit us up!

so good luck to you, marian -

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williamdrewJul. 9, 09 6:22 AM

Moss had to go, plain and simple. The Twins offered Hunter a fair contract, and the Angles offered him an insane contract. Johan wasn't going to sign here, neither was Gabby. And as much as it sucked, moving KG was the right thing to do at the time. I say enjoy these guys while we had them and move one. And to this story, this was a nice thing for Gabby to do. When he was on his game there was nothing more exciting to watch.

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Tuy1929Jul. 9, 09 6:52 AM

Right, Marion probably would not have stayed but talk about giving off a strong negative message. To all those critical of Gaborik because he got injured often, fine, use it as a reason to not want him, just don't use it as a reason to criticize the man. Do you honestly think he would not rather be playing? How many surgeries are faked? I believe this last hip surgery will prevent further groin injuries and I for one believe Gaborik is the most underrated player in the league. Not as agressive as Ovechkin, but every bit as talented. In fact, given his amazing bursts of speed, amazing quick thinking and passing ability, scoring touch and fantastic stick work, he is one of the greatest I have ever seen. Thanks Marion.

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blake42Jul. 9, 09 6:58 AM

I find it hard to believe Gabby spinning this into "I didn't have a choice, there was no offer". This from the same player who went through essentially season ending elective surgery that could have waited for the offseason. When faced with the decision to help his team in a tight playoff race or increasing his free market value, free agency came first. Gaborik's mind was made up long before Fletcher and Richards came aboard so saying otherwise is a little patronizing.

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Tuy1929Jul. 9, 09 7:20 AM

Did he say "I didn't have a choice" or did he say "there was no offer from the new management?" He said the latter, so don't embellish the facts. My question is why was there no offer? After all, the Rangers offered him $7.5 million a year so someone thinks otherwise. And unless you are Gaborik or his doctor do not presume he was being selfish in having hip surgery. You sound like too many other know it all fans around here.

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