Well, as suspected, this explains his erratic performance in the post-season. Give him credit for gutting it out.
Gaborik will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder on June 6, the team announced today.
Gaborik, 30, who played all 82 games during the season, and scored 41 goals---third-most in the NHL, and 76 points, will have the operation in New York. He also played all 20 games in the playoffs, apparently in pain, and was 5-6-11. He scored just once in the Eastern Conference finals against the Devils and was the target of criticism for his performance.
After playing eight years, some interrupted by injuries, with the Minnesota Wild, Gaborik signed a five-year $37.5 million contract with the Rangers on July 1, 2009. In his first season, 2009-10, he scored 42 goals and 86 points. Troubled by groin and other issues in 2010-11, he played just 62 games and scored 22 goals.
At breakup day on Monday in Westchester, Gaborik declined to say if he needed off-season treatment or surgery, just saying that he would know more in a few days. After an MRI, it was decided to proceed with the operation, and today in Slovakia, he mentioned the injury at a press conference, saying that he played with the injury for two months, according to reports from there.
The injury to the team's leading scorer could mean that the Rangers will intensify their hunt for a scorer, either by trade or free-agency during the off-season.
It also appears Rangers restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello, who played for the Rangers and Whale over the last two seasons, will play next year in the KHL or Europe. He just tweeted thanks to New York fans and bid farewell.