The Blue Jackets forward was named to Slovakia's Olympic roster in January and was hopeful he would still compete after suffering a broken collarbone on Dec. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The final ruling is that Gaborik, who has not been medically cleared as of Thursday, will sit out.
"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 according to the Columbus Blue Jackets website. "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."
Considering the 31-year-old's health history, it would be surprising if Gaborik is able to suit up in another four years when the Winter Games roll back around. Prior to breaking his collar bone, Gaborik missed a significant amount of time after spraining his knee in mid-November. It was on the same night of his return that Gaborik skated off with the latest injury that will prevent him from competing in Sochi.
Through 18 games this season with the Blue Jackets Gaborik has five goals and seven assists for 12 points.