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Rangers' Gaborik happy with progress after surgery

Tuesday, 08.07.2012 / 6:53 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik said Tuesday he is "happy with the progress" he is making in his recovery from shoulder surgery and is looking forward to playing with new teammate Rick Nash.

In an interview with Blueshirts United, Gaborik said his rehabilitation has moved from riding a bike to some weight training.

Marian Gaborik
Marian Gaborik
Right Wing - NYR
GOALS: 41 | ASST: 35 | PTS: 76
SOG: 276 | +/-: 15
"I feel good," Gaborik said. "I have been working hard in terms of rehab. Things are going as they should be, so I am happy with the progress."

Gaborik was in New York to visit with Rangers team doctors, the report said. He will continue to work out when he returns home to Slovakia next week.

The wing, who scored 41 goals during the regular season, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on June 6.

Since then, the Rangers acquired Nash in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, adding another 40-goal scorer to their offense.

"Obviously (Rick Nash) is a big addition," Gaborik said. "He's going to be a big help to us. He's a proven scorer, one of the top players in the League, and he's going to be a big addition to our team, a big help. I am excited to have him."

Gaborik and Nash could play on the Rangers' top line or power play, but probably not until at least late November.

"The opposition now has to watch more guys," Gaborik said. "They have to decide who to put their top (defense) pair against. So to have that kind of balance on our team, the pressure spreads throughout the team in terms of scoring. He is going to help that way, for sure. We're going to have more power offensively, and that's big for us."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round