Sep 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik (10) stick handles against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik Out 4-6 Weeks

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Breaking news: Marian Gaborik will be out 4-6 weeks due to a strained knee, according to bluejackets.com

Marian Gaborik is slated to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee suffered late in Thursday’s game at TD Garden, Richards said. Even though he was slumping offensively, Richards said Gaborik still posed a threat and now the Jackets need someone to step up and fill that role.

Todd Richards

Gaborik was acquired at the trade deadline during last season in the hopes that he would help the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs.  During the current season, he has played 17 games, scored 5 goals, and has 6 assists for 11 points.  He has taken 42 shots and has a shooting percentage of 11.2%.  He has 6 penalty minutes and is a +1 for the season.

He hasn’t scored many goals this season and some people are already calling for him to be traded.  Take a look at this post by Tyler West, a Union and Blue Staff Writer.

He’s not standing out as an all-star. I don’t care about advanced stats. At the end of the day, is he scoring goals? No.

Tyler West

Other injury notes from bluejackets.com

Boone Jenner is expected to back in the lineup Sunday in Ottawa.  Matt Calvert experienced some soreness after practicing on Thursday, but he felt great today according to Richards and he’s still on track for a return sometime next week. Both players will on the Jackets’ five-game road trip to Canada which begins this weekend. 

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