"Happy" Gaborik Skates With 'Mates

Marian Gaborik has arrived in New York, and he says that he is "happy with the progress" his surgically-repaired right shoulder is making, though he continues to take his recovery and rehab "one day at a time".

Gaborik took part in Tuesday's voluntary group workout at the MSG Training Center and reported afterwards that he began skating again three weeks ago. Though limited in what he can do out on the ice, Gaborik, nonetheless, is still thrilled to be skating with his Blueshirts brethren.

"I can play with the puck and shoot some muffins," Gaborik joked following the workout. "Everything has gone as planned, so I am very happy with the progress."

Gaborik, a 41-goal scorer and NHL All Star Game MVP a year ago, badly injured his right shoulder during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Though he played in all 20 Ranger playoff games, Gaborik had to undergo shoulder surgery once the team was eliminated by the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"I can feel the difference now and I can feel that it's getting better, so that's the most important thing," Gaborik said of his right shoulder. 

In three seasons as a Ranger, Gaborik has averaged just under one point per game---210 in 220 games played. He has twice reached the 40-goal plateau as a Blueshirt, notching 105 goals the past three seasons. Last season he surpassed both the 300-goal and 600-point markers in his 11-year NHL career.

"I am trying to build up my conditioning, and am trying to keep strengthening my shoulder, that's the biggest part to get power and strength back," noted Gaborik. "It is progressing as planned, so I am happy."

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