Blue Jackets winger Marian Gaborik will have abdominal surgery that will require a three- to four-week recovery, forcing him to miss playing for Slovakia in the IIHF World Championships. According to one of Gaborik's agents, the surgery is to repair an area of his abdomen where a hernia surgery was performed in 2001, when Gaborik played for the Minnesota Wild. "It began bothering him in the final week or so of the season," the agent said, adding that Gaborik is expected to be 100 percent for the start of Blue Jackets training camp. Gaborik traveled to Philadelphia on Tuesday with Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt, and they were met there by agent Ron Salcer. The three were prepared for Gaborik to have the surgery as soon as this afternoon/evening if Dr. William Meyers deemed it necessary. Otherwise, he'll have the surgery on Thursday. Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson was not available beyond a statement in the club's release. GM Jarmo Kekalainen is in Finland for the World Championships, which begin Friday. “Marian experienced some soreness towards the end of the season and after undergoing his exit physical and further examination today, it was decided that surgery is the best option for a quick and full recovery,” Davidson said. “Marian will have the surgery and after a three to four week recovery period will be able to resume off-season training.”