On a day dominated by talk of who is, and who isn’t, going to Sochi, this news might be the least surprising so far.
Injured Blue Jackets winger Marian Gaborik made it official today, announcing that he was removing himself from Slovakia’s roster for the 2014 Olympic Games.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team,” Gaborik said in a statement. “I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future.”
Gaborik had competed in two previous Olympic tournaments (2006 and ’10), scoring seven goals and 12 points in 13 games. He suffered a broken collarbone in a game against the Flyers on Dec. 21 and has yet to return to action.