NHL notes: Ailing Gaborik faces long recovery
|New York Rangers winger Marian Gaborik (R) has a torn labrum and could need up to six months recovery. (REUTERS)
Right winger Marian Gaborik didn't play too well during the playoffs.
Now we know why.
The New York Rangers star needs surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder and might require up to six months of rehab, sidelining him for the start of the 2012-13 season.
Gaborik, who had just five goals and six assists in 20 playoff games, was asked earlier this week in New York whether he had any injuries that needed to be dealt with during the off-season.
The 30-year-old didn't want to talk about it then, but he then told Slovak newspaper SME that he required surgery after playing through the injury for nearly two months.
"An MRI (last Tuesday) showed that I had a torn rotator cuff," Gaborik told reporters in his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia.
He stayed he had played hurt for two months and that it wasn't easy.
"The medication and injections reduced the pain, but I did not have the strength that I needed," he said.
Gaborik will have surgery in New York next Wednesday.
"I suppose I will be out for about five or six months," he said.
Gaborik had a strong regular season, getting 41 goals and 35 assists and was a plus-15.
BRUINS SIGN BOURQUE
he Boston Bruins have signed forwards Chris Bourque and Daniel Paille.
The son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque agreed to a two-year deal through 2013-14. The 26-year-old had 27 goals in 73 games last season with Hershey of the AHL.
Paille signed a three-year extension through 2014-15. The 28-year-old had nine goals and six assists in 69 games for the Bruins in 2011-12.
The New York Rangers on Friday signed forward Oscar Lindberg, 20, who had five goals and five assists in 46 games with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League this past season. Lindberg was acquired May 8, 2011 by the Rangers from Phoenix in exchange for Ethan Werek. He is a cousin of fellow Rangers prospect Tim Erixon ... The Minnesota Wild signed Johan Gustafsson to a three-year entry-level contract. The Wild needed to sign the Swedish goaltender by Friday or he would have been returned to the draft pool. Minnesota drafted him in the sixth round in 2010.