The Los Angeles Kings made it official Thursday, placing Marian Gaborik on injured reserve due to the broken foot he suffered during the World Cup of Hockey.
Gaborik is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks but will be re-evaluated in three. He currently is wearing a walking boot and using crutches to get around.
“The toughest part of his injury, you know a lot of times those boot injuries you can start walking. He can’t,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider on Wednesday. “It’s got to be non-weight bearing, just the way it’s broke, otherwise he’s going to move those bones around. So that’s the tough part. It’s frustrating for him because he’s a guy who likes to work out and train.”
Gaborik appeared in four games for Team Europe in the World Cup and scored two goals – including one game-winner. The 34-year-old Slovakian was limited to 54 contests with the Kings last season and registered 12 goals and 10 assists.
Selected by Minnesota with the third overall pick in the 2000 draft, Gaborik made his NHL debut in the ensuing season, recording 18 goals and 18 assists in 71 games. He followed up with back-to-back 30-goal campaigns and netted a career-high 42 tallies in 2007-08.
A three-time All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 game, Gaborik left Minnesota after eight seasons and signed with the New York Rangers, for whom he matched his career high of 42 goals in 2009-10. The right wing had a brief stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to Los Angeles on March 5, 2014.
Gaborik was instrumental in helping the Kings win their second Stanley Cup championship in three years in 2014, recording a league-leading 14 goals and eight assists in 26 playoff contests.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Gaborik has collected 386 goals and 387 assists in 933 career games with the Wild, Rangers, Blue Jackets and Kings. He also has registered 32 tallies and 58 points in 84 postseason contests with Minnesota, New York and Los Angeles.