Gaborik, Brashear Out vs. Isles

Marian Gaborik will miss tonight’s game against the Islanders with an injury that the Rangers are still not specifying other than to say it’s unrelated to Gaborik’s hip or groin. Coach Tortorella was asked if he was concerned and he said he was not. But when he was asked for a timetable going forward with Gaborik in terms of a return to the ice, he said he had no idea.

“He won’t be playing tonight,” Tortorella said. “And, again, I’m not going to get into explaining his injury but it is not anything from prior as everybody is always worried about and certainly we are. But, no, I’m not concerned. We’ll keep him out tonight. I have no idea (when he’ll return).

After seeing his collision with Petr Prucha during Monday night’s game, the guess here is it’s a right leg/knee injury.

Gaborik,  played just 17 games with the Wild last season because of hip and groin injuries and he’s battled on-going groin issues throughout his career. This is the first game he’s missed for the Rangers, who gave him a five-year, $37.5 million deal this summer and have watched him become their most important player (18 points in 12 games) and it seems to threaten Gaborik’s return to Minnesota on Friday, where the Rangers face the Wild.

In other news, Donald Brashear will be out of the lineup again due to lingering soreness. Aaron Voros will return to action in Brashear’s place and yesterday’s call up P.A. Parenteau will replace Gaborik.

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