The Rangers have signed Marian Gaborik to a five-year deal worth $7.5 million per season.
Fantasy Impact: Gaborik can pull his groin just as easily in New York as he did in Minnesota. That being said, his shoulder isn't being held onto his body by a skate lace, like Martin Havlat's. Last season aside, he is somewhat more durable. Still, you can count on his missing 10 games a season and every four years he may only miss five...and every four years he will miss 70. So looking at this five-year deal, I think it's reasonable to expect this:
2009-10 73 games, 85 points
2010-11 69 games, 84 points
2011-12 77 games, 92 points
2012-13 24 games, 25 points
2013-14 72 games, 86 points
That's still pretty valueable, but he will always carry a risk.
Gaborik's addition will hurt the chances of Evgeny Grachev making this team. If the young future star does make it, it will be on the strength of a monster training camp - it won't be handed to him.
This signing probably won't help Chris Drury - I don't see them playing together. Perhaps Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle or Artem Anisimov.