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Gaborik skates with Rangers, 'happy with progress'

Tuesday, 09.11.2012 / 4:56 PM / News

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Gaborik skates with Rangers, 'happy with progress'
Marian Gaborik skated with his New York Rangers teammates Tuesday and the forward said he is "very happy with the progress" as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Marian Gaborik skated with his New York Rangers teammates Tuesday and the forward said he is "very happy with the progress" as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Gaborik had a torn labrum in his right shoulder repaired June 6. He is likely out until at least late November.

"I can play with the puck and shoot some muffins," Gaborik told Blueshirts United on the Rangers' website. "Everything has gone as planned, so I am very happy with the progress.

"I can feel the difference now and I can feel that it's getting better, so that's the most important thing," Gaborik added.

Gaborik said he returned to skating three weeks ago. He participated in a voluntary workout Tuesday at MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. The website described him as "limited in what he can do out on the ice."

"I am trying to build up my conditioning, and am trying to keep strengthening my shoulder, that's the biggest part to get power and strength back," Gaborik said. "It is progressing as planned, so I am happy."

The wing scored 41 goals last season and was MVP of the NHL All-Star Game. He had 11 points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Rangers, who were eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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