Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Groin, New Groin

The New York Rangers have invested in Marian Gaborik's newly repaired groin by signing the Free Agent winger to a 5 year contract for $37.5 Million ($7.5 per).

Gaborik is the ultimate high-risk, high-reward Free Agent in this year's class. When healthy, he can be as electrifying as Alex Ovechkin...when healthy. Gaborik has played in over 65 games only once in the past 5 seasons. He has been haunted by groin issues that landed him on the IR for most of last season. Gaborik decided to have groin surgery to repair the chronic issues and thus played in only 17 games last year. That said, in those 17 games, Gabby scored 13 goals, 23 points - many thought he was the best player in the league down the stretch.

Fantasy Outlook: Gabby went for big money in New York and will now have to earn his paycheck. He is the dynamic player the Rangers have been missing since Jaromir Jagr left. While there isn't a great playmaker like Scott Gomez to get him the puck, Gabby should be able to open up after years of playing in Jacques Lemaire's Defensive system. The results could be electrifying and he should bump up the value of Rangers forwards Nik Zherdev, Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Higgins and Chris Drury. Look for Gabby to finally stay healthy and put up huge points - career highs. His injury problems should allow him to drop a little on draft day so target him in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of standard and keeper drafts.

Fearless Forecast: 78GP, 51G, 44A, 95 P

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