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Gaborik and Tortorella: It's complicated

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08:27 AM ET 05.19 | John Tortorella encourages his players to play within themselves. As much as it sounds like a limiting phrase, "stay within yourself" is about playing to your strengths. For Marian Gaborik, that should mean doing some spectacular individual things, and that notion stands in stark contrast to the team style that he tried to adopt. All of that is why many observers believe that Gaborik and Tortorella cannot coexist, and the Rangers should trade the 29-year-old away. Those who make such an argument apparently find it easy to ignore the 42 goals that Gaborik scored for a Tortorella-coached team in 2009-10, not to mention the winger's no-trade clause and the fact that his value on the market after a disappointing season is disproportionally low.

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May 19, 2011  09:08 AM ET

He isn't going anywhere lets move on. Although i wish he was...

May 19, 2011  09:10 AM ET

The back end of this story makes more sense than the front.

Gaborik tried to adopt a team style? Did I miss something?

I'd say the issues Torts and Gabs have would likely be more over the shifts Gaborik regularly takes off more than over him trying too hard to be a part of his team.

May 19, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He isn't going anywhere lets move on. Although i wish he was...

what an odd bit of filler this is.

May 19, 2011  09:29 AM ET

He has a no trade, he had a bad season, he has a high contract...so guess what, they will coexist until Torts gets let go

May 19, 2011  09:32 AM ET

Moving right along. Is Hank on a suicide watch now?

May 19, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Love the pic every time though-makes me think of an undecided guy at Petland watching his kid play with a puppy in the "play area"

May 19, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Gaborik and Tortorella: It's complicated

"Eager and McLellan: It's complicated" might have been better.

May 19, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Love the pic every time though-makes me think of an undecided guy at Petland watching his kid play with a puppy in the "play area"

Sounds like you have experience with that.

May 19, 2011  10:15 AM ET

Tis not complicated Mary...repeat after Thor...

No, Coach! I beg you, hear my words! Punish me as you will, but I cannot forsake my heart to the team! My strength, my limbs, my very life are in thy service, sire, but even a mere oft injured mortal hath the right to love without a heart!

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May 19, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Tis not complicated Mary...repeat after Thor...No, Coach! I beg you, hear my words! Punish me as you will, but I cannot forsake my heart to the team! My strength, my limbs, my very life are in thy service, sire, but even a mere oft injured mortal hath the right to love without a heart!

This is why martinis at breakfast are not always a good idea. Hookers, on the other hand..............

May 19, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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This is why martinis at breakfast are not always a good idea. Hookers, on the other hand..............

LOL - But I prefer Pop Tarts to tarts.

May 19, 2011  10:40 AM ET

Gabby isn't going anywhere.. with that ridiculous contract and one-way style. Often injured, soft, other than that, he's a keeper.

May 19, 2011  10:58 AM ET
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I like how people say "trade him" after one bad season..like come on man..players have bad seasons..all of a sudden its panic mode time..gimmie a break...in the next CBA though if i was Bettman i'd be going hard after "no-movement/ no-trade" contracts..i'd make them LIMITED no-trade contracts and ban the entire NO-Movement contracts....these GM's these days are so stupid.

I get what your intent, but disagree with the means.

I think the NTC/NMCs are the ONE way GMs have of differentiating themselves in a Cap world. Its one of the few perks a team can provide over and above the money. Its not the players' fault that Calgary GMs hand them out like candy on Halloween.

Teams like Detroit and Pittsburgh that ask their stars to sign long-term at a discount have to offer something back for the commitment being made by the player. If you want me to take a million less a year to stay, you'd better be able to promise me - in writing - that I won't get traded for the duration of that discount.

All they need to do is make the buy-out process easier for both sides. Stick with making hold-outs illegal, but make it possible for a buy-out to happen with no affect on the Cap if both sides agree, for instance. A mutual option of sorts.

If the league keeps putting in rules to protect the GMs from every possible stupid move, there will be no difference from one GM to the next, as they will all have to stick by the same procedures. Then there's no advantage to having a Ken Holland or a Pete Chiarelli, and you end up stuck with a bunch of Don Waddells.

May 19, 2011  11:00 AM ET

I always said GoC they need to leave enough rope for GM's to hang themselves. Thats part of sport.

May 19, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Also - it may have only been one bad season from Gaborik, but its been a full career of heartlessness. Trading him IS next to impossible, like you say, but pretending people are turning on him from just one year's worth of poor effort is ignoring the 6 years (or so) he spent in Minny.

May 19, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

LOL - But I prefer Pop Tarts to tarts.

I always suspected that you were a moralist! Imagine, a sweet breakfast bun compared to, well, just buns! :-)

Ah well...............back to hockey.

May 19, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I always said GoC they need to leave enough rope for GM's to hang themselves. Thats part of sport.

Agreed. again, otherwise, Bettman may as well just be league GM and plant the players where he sees fit. I'm sure our southern franchises would love that, mind you.

May 19, 2011  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I always suspected that you were a moralist! Imagine, a sweet breakfast bun compared to, well, just buns! :-)Ah well...............back to hockey.

Have you ever actually read my posts? LOL

 
May 19, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I like how people say "trade him" after one bad season..

Man I HATE to agree with you on this part ;)

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