Not me. Marion had a great season. I think the total was 42 goals! 44 Assists, a career high in points and I think goals as well. As the the highest paid player on the team, he delivered, pretty much all season long. He stayed healthy for the most part, ,he showed off his speed and was a sniper with that amazing snapshot when he was fed the puck. What else could Ranger fans ask for?........hhhmmmm......oh wait......I think I might know, the same things that the Wild fans always wanted from him, come through in big situations, so as a Ranger fan you would think hey our top guy's gonna rise to the occasion, afterall this game is the entire season, $7 million players raise their play in big games. OK Marion was blanked in regulation and OT, the Flyers must have really keyed in on him to eliminate him. Now the season comes down to a shootout, all the Marbles and the guy get's to shoot, the flyers cannot keep him from shooting.. What happens? Tortelinni leaves him on the bench, the Rangers lose, Gaborik is back in Slovakia by midnight.
Ranger fans can at least take solice in that they now know what Wild fans know. The guy is incredibly tallented. He has amazing speed a laser for a shot and great hands. Unfortunaltely he has the nerves of a cracked out meth-head in big moments, he folds under the weight of a big game, he is not a leader and you cannot afford to pay $7,000,000 a year to a player that does not make the WHOLE team better.
By all accounts his teammates love him, both here and in NY. At my job there are a lot of people that I like being around, enjoy their company and wish for them fantastic things. I love them like family, but in a crisis situation, I probably won't followor even listen to if our lives are on the line, they are not leaders and I think Gaborik is in the same catagory.
I am so glad the wild did not pay him that money, while we are not in the best situation, at least we are not saddled with that salary for a role player