Gaborik Unleashed: How the Minnesota Wild Almost Ruined Hockey

Posted: 28th October 2009 by Steven Ovadia in NHL
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Watching Marian Gaborik's explosive start to this season (10 goals, 18 points in his first 12 gamesùRangers fans have to be hoping this isn't the end of the line for him ), I've had a recurring thought: How does Gaborik not have a 50-goal season? That thought is usually followed by the realization Gaborik played for the Minnesota Wild for eight seasons, all of them coached by the notoriously defensive-minded Jacques Lemaire. Now playing for the notoriously offensive-minded John Tortorella in New York, Gaborik finally has the freedom to fully live up to his full scoring potential. It's been exciting to watch, but it raises an interesting question: Is it in the best interest of the NHL for its best offensive players to languish in defensive systems? Would Gaborik's 42-goal season in 2007-08 ...

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