The insanity quickly spread to the Montreal Canadiens' HF Boards, because Saku Koivu wasn't in practice, either. While the idiocy of the Habs trading a center for a player like Gaborik wasn't enough to derail the rumor, the fact that Koivu is actually injured may do the trick. But again, never underestimate the HF Boards. You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. And we mean that as a compliment.
Ace Star Tribune reporter Michael Russo asked GM Doug Risebrough about any ulterior motives to Gaborik's scratch, and Risebrough "swears he's injured." Gotta love this background from Russo, too:
I don't know when Gaborik hurt his "lower body" because he was certainly playing soccer hackysack/volleyball for about 45 minutes yesterday with Andrew Brunette, Mikko Koivu, Antti Miettinen and Eric Belanger.
Is there a history of lower-body injuries in the parking lot of Dave Matthews' shows?