September 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik (10) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Hurricanes 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets: No Gaborik, No Problem

Marian Gaborik of the Columbus Blue Jackets is out at least a month with a broken collarbone he suffered in his first game back after his sprained knee. This hurts the team a lot! Gaborik is supposed to be the star forward here in Central Ohio.

He does more visiting with the doctors than lighting the lamp on the ice. Having a player with his skills on the Blue Jackets will always be a boost. But having him, and a lot other guys, on the injury reserve list, doesn’t help to achieve the goal: making it to the Stanley Cup Play-offs. Injuries happen. As an amateur soccer player myself, I can say that they come out of nowhere sometimes.

September 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik (10) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Hurricanes 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The question is: Are the Blue Jackets good enough without Marian Gaborik? I say yes! Right now they have players who skate their heart out and do anything to help this franchise. Look at Derek Mackenzie, Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson…I could go on and on. As the trade with the Rangers was announced and I saw what the Blue Jackets would get in return I was like “What the…?!”. It’s no secret that I am not the biggest Gaborik fan. Loosing Dorsett was a downer for me.

I can’t write an article about Gaborik without coming to the question of signing him next summer. I wouldn’t do it. The Blue Jackets don’t need star players. Right now they have skill, grit and most importantly, personalities. Guys who step up for each other and tell it like it is. Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin. They all will win Cups in the future. I’m fine with that. I would rather watch a team that battle it out every night. I don’t know where the Blue Jackets will stand in 10 years. Maybe they have star players. But right now, I’m fine with what they have.

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