Anaheim hasn't had too many bright spots to be pleased about but one thing they are very happy with is Marian Gaborik. The Slovakian sniper is still showing even at his age, which is 37, hes still able to score at a 30 goal pace.The last time Gaborik was able to tally over the thirty goal mark was during the 2015-16 NEFHL season. Many people are under the assumption that this is his last year of professional hockey and he looks to be closing out what should be a hall of fame career.
A seven time all star and a one time Rocket Richard winner, Gaborik hit the legendary 1000 game mark at the end of last season despite missing almost thirty games. He is one goal shy of what he had last year in twenty less games. When asked if he is doing anything different the answer was simple. "I am being a lot more aggressive, sure its resulted in me maybe taking a few more penalties but I feel like the trade off has been good. The GM has told me time and time again to just play my game and at this age this is what is working." said Marian Gaborik.
One thing is certain, this will truly be the end of an era when he retires. He was the first ever selection of the Minnesota Wild and he will certainly get his number retired.
"Its kind of neat when you think about it, Gaborik and I started the decade together in Minnesota and we are leaving it together but on Anaheim. While I wish we could give him one last chance at the cup, our team has been having trouble keeping the puck out of the net. It was only fitting that I dedicate this article to him and his terrific career." said gm Ryan Clarey.
"Going into the second half of the season Anaheim will continue to put the best roster out that they can and try to win. We will not bring up tanking or hoping we end up with a certain draft spot. We are above that and have integrity. Its not like we are the penguins and double shifting our worst player on the third and fourth lines." said Clarey with a wink.