will return to the lineup when the New York Rangers
face the Buffalo Sabres
on Thursday night after missing the past 12 games with a separated shoulder.
Gaborik termed himself "good to go" Wednesday after taking part in a full practice on Wednesday and then speaking with head trainer Jim Ramsay and Rangers coach John Tortorella.
"It's feeling confident enough and comfortable enough to jump back into things, and after today I feel that way," Gaborik told the team website. "It's been awhile since I played and I am very anxious to get back in there."
The Rangers first broke the news Gaborik was likely to play on their official Twitter feed earlier Wednesday.
"I feel good enough to play … I know games are different than practices, can only mimic so much, but I'm anxious to get back in," Gaborik was quoted as saying on the Twitter feed.
"It's tough to watch … guys are working hard out there and you can't really help … very excited to get back in."
At that point the only hurdle to be cleared was addressing the matter with his coach, a discussion Tortorella waited for Gaborik to initiate.
"I've stayed away from him because I think the players feel more comfortable going to the trainers to talk about (injuries)," Tortorella told the team website. "I'm not a big guy about he's 100 percent or he's 95 percent. Can you play or not? And Gabi knows that, and he came to me after practice and said he's ready to play. And I said OK!"
"It's feeling confident enough and comfortable enough to jump back into things, and after today I feel that way. It's been awhile since I played and I am very anxious to get back in there." -- Marian Gaborik
Gaborik, who tied his career high with 42 goals and set a new personal best with 86 points in his first season with the Rangers, had 2 assists in the first three games this season before he was hurt. He'll wear extra padding underneath his shoulder pads as a precaution.
It was also announced Wednesday that defenseman Michal Rozsival
will be out 7-10 days resting a shoulder injury.