Guess we should all get used to this. Puck Daddy reader Rhett sent in a tip that Minnesota Wild fans were going berserk on the official boards because Marian Gaborik will miss tonight's game against the Florida Panthers with a "lower body injury." Because pending free agent who hasn't re-signed plus sudden scratch equals trade, of course.
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?