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Gaborik's surgery goes as expected, rehab begins @NHLdotcom

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Marian Gaborik has begun rehabilitation from surgery on his left hip.

The Minnesota Wild reported late Monday the operation to repair a torn labrum and damaged cartilage went "as expected." The star right wing started rehab immediately after the procedure in Colorado, done by the same specialist who performed a similar operation on his right hip last summer.

Groin pain persisted for Gaborik this season, and he played in only six games before being diagnosed with a deficiency in his hip. The team wanted him to try to play through it, but he elected surgery.

Gaborik is estimated to need 10 to 14 weeks to return. He can begin skating in six weeks, near his 27th birthday. He is in the final year of his contract.

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