Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough and Assistant GM Tom Lynn went over to Slovakia last week to do some serious arm-twisting with Marian Gaborik about re-signing in Minnesota instead of becoming a UFA next summer. The meeting was over dinner but it kinda sounded more like a nazi interrogation session, with lots of propaganda being thrown around to try to confuse Gabo, based on what Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports:
- Risebrough and Lynn showed Gaborik that, since the lockout, he's fourth in the NHL in goals per game (behind Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley), first in even-strength goals per minute played and tied for second in goals per 60 minutes played (behind Ovechkin). Lynn said afterward, "He seemed surprised, pleasantly, to learn he is among the top scorers in the league right now and doesn't need to go anywhere else to do that."
Wonder if they failed to mentioned:
- (as Russo points out) Last season Gaborik was 43rd in the NHL in average ice time with 19 minutes, 35 seconds a game, and was fourth on the Wild. In 2005-06 -- the season after the lockout -- Gaborik ranked 79th among forwards in ice time with 18:25 a game.
- His most frequent linemates last year were Pavol Demitra and Todd Fedoruk.
- His coach is still Jacques Lemaire, who as we mentioned in our recent Coach Rankings, will never be confused for an offensive mastermind.
- The team snubbed Gaborik's buddy, Demitra, and said it was focusing on re-signing Brian Rolston only to lose both this summer and replace them with Owen Nolan and Andrew Brunette.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... Alright Canada is officially kicking ass at the Olympics, we're up to 8 medals now, which ties us with world superpower countries like Kazakhstan, Michael Phelps and Romania. Our last medal was in Trampoline... this was a surprise to us for 3 reasons:
- Didn't know we were any good in Trampoline;
- Didn't know Trampoline was an Olympic sport; and
- WTF??? When did Trampoline become a sport?
So we checked out a little of the Trampoline action and came across our new favourite Olympic athlete. He's a male trampolinist from China... named Dong Dong. Great name, I guess it could be worse, his brother's name is Ding Dong. Still trying to confirm if he's related to Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles...