Marian Gaborik has not played for most of the Columbus Blue Jackets season, so it should come as no surprise that he will not be joining the Slovakian National hockey team in Sochi.
#CBJ Marian Gaborik out of the Olympics.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 6, 2014
Gaborik has played in 18 games this season for the Blue Jackets, he has 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 total points. He has played in the Olympics twice for Slovaki, 2006 in Turin and 2010 in Vancouver. In 2006 Gaborik played 6 games in the Olympics and had 7 points, 3 goals, 4 assists. In 2010 he played 7 games and had 5 points, 4 goals, 1 assist.
Slovakia placed 4th in the Vancouver Olympics, which was their highest seed to date. At age 31 it could have been Gaborik’s last chance to play in the Olympics, but since the Slovakian team isn’t necessarily rich with NHL talent, he could still potentially play in four years.
To make matters worse for Gaborik, there has been some rumblings that the Blue Jackets may be interested in trading away the winger, or not re-signing him, since he hasn’t done much for the Blue Jackets on the ice. Gaborik has played in 787 NHL games in his career, scored 341 goals, and has 345 assists for 686 career points. Given his proven track record, some NHL teams will be ready to gamble on the Slovakian sniper.