Marian Gaborik out 8 weeks after World Cup injury

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Marian Gaborik #12, celebrates with Dennis Seidenberg #44, and Roman Josi #59 of Team Europe after scoring a first period goal during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Marian Gaborik #12, celebrates with Dennis Seidenberg #44, and Roman Josi #59 of Team Europe after scoring a first period goal during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

TORONTO – One of Team Europe’s top offensive weapons won’t be available for the World Cup of Hockey final against Canada.

Marian Gaborik will miss the best-of-three series with a foot injury, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet. The injury will also have him out for the beginning of the regular season for the Los Angeles Kings, as Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that Gaborik will miss “eight weeks” with the foot injury.

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Gaborik has two goals in four World Cup games for Europe, including the opening goal in their semifinal upset win against Sweden. He played 17:58 in the overtime victory on Sunday.

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Gaborik was spotted leaving the Air Canada Centre after Team Europe’s practice on Monday on crutches, his foot in a cast. Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger said Gaborik had “a lower body injury that we’re still managing” and said he couldn’t diagnose the injury after practice.

Team Europe had Gaborik with Frans Nielsen and Mats Zuccarello. Team Europe’s extra forward is Mikkel Boedker of the San Jose Sharks, who like Gaborik plays left wing.


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