-- With heavy legs and an even heavier heart, Marian Gaborik
returned Saturday to the Rangers and went right to work at training camp.
It was maybe the best medicine for the star right wing, who is still grieving the deaths of his close friends and former teammates, Derek Boogaard
and Pavol Demitra
"It's been a crazy offseason," said Gaborik, who eulogized Demitra at his funeral Thursday in Slovakia. "To see Boogie go, Pavol and a couple of other guys were lost as well -- this summer has been tough, but you have to move on. Obviously I'm never going to forget these guys. I'm always going to have them in my heart, but I have to move on."
Gaborik spent six days in his native Slovakia and didn't return to North America until Friday, meaning he missed the Rangers first day of on-ice fitness testing here at the MSG Training Center. Gaborik, though, skated three times with fellow Slovaks such as Marian Hossa
and Zdeno Chara
, who were also in for Demitra's funeral, "to get my mind off things."