My understanding is that replacing the connector (without swapping out the motherboard) requires soldering, which I have no practice doing. I might be misinformed however.
It DOES! What better time to learn than now?! 😄
Given the horrendous failure of my last attempt at soldering (on another power connector - the powerbook g3 had this same problem), and the attempt before that (on a CRT monitor) a better time would be the far, far distant future, or at least on something a bit less critical than a motherboard.