After missing 12 games with a separated left shoulder, Marian Gaborik declared today after practice that he was "good to go" tomorrow at MSG against the Sabres. He said he had spoken to trainer Jim Ramsay, and that it was the player's call, although Gaborik said he had not discussed the situation with coach John Tortorella. Difficult to beleive that Torts will hold him out.
"I'm feeling good to go," Gaborik said. "It's tough to watch, guys are working hard out there and you can't really help, it's frustrating buy I tried to keep a positive attitude and I'm very excited to get back in....I feel pretty good, good enough to play, obviously the game's different than practice. but...I cannot wait forever."
Gaborik said he might not be 100 percent or totally prepared for game action. "You can;t mimic game situations in practice... (but) I feel confident enough to jump back in, it's been a while since I've played, but I'm very anxious to get in there." He will wear only a small extra pad on the shoulder.
So the range to return that Gaborik estimated last week (this 4-game homestand) is on target. "I wanted to get an extra practice in and shoot for tomorrow, it was this or Sunday. From my perspective, I'm good to go for tomorrow."
Gaborik is returning, but Michal Rozsival could miss Thursday's game with an injury. The veteran defenseman, who has played every game, mostly with Marc Staal, appeared banged up against the Caps and did not practice. Matt Gilroy (a healthy scratch for the last five) would sub for him, but the d-pairs would change.