The Los Angeles Kings have acquire three time All-Star RW Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the deal the Kings have acquire Gaborik in exchange for RW Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick, and a 3rd round pick.
Gaborik to LA for Frattin, a 2nd, and conditional 3rd. LA has now traded both players in Berneir deal. Gaborik dealt 2nd deadline in a row.
— TacTixHD (@TacTixHD) March 5, 2014
#CBJ get 2nd rd pick, which was originally Toronto’s pick. Also get a 3rd-rd pick if Kings win first-round playoff series or resign Gaborik.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 5, 2014
This trade marks the most significant trade deadline move the Kings and GM Dean Lombardi have made since they acquired Jeff Carter and Mike Richards at the 2012 Trade Deadline. Those deals worked out pretty well for the Kings. They only went on to win the Stanley Cup that year.
Gaborik, 32, has been known as one of the best scorers in the NHL over the past decade; however, he has slowed in recent years for the New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gaborik was traded from the Rangers to the Blue Jackets at last years trade deadline.
There is no question that the LA Kings have been desperate for scoring options this season outside of Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Regardless of whether or not Gaborik is the player he used to be, he is still a feared scorer in the NHL and will provide a boost to the Kings roster. Where he fits into the Kings line combinations is another story. Gaborik, a right winger, will have stiff competition from a team that is already loaded with right wingers. The Kings have Justin Williams, Jeff Carter AND Dustin Brown at RW right now. Coach Darryl Sutter will have his hands full trying to figure out how to best use this roster; however, it’s not the worst problem to have.
There are questions, specifically from NY Rangers fans, about whether Gaborik can play under the bright lights, perform in big games, or stay healthy in general. Gaborik has missed a significant amount of time over the past two seasons and isn’t exactly Doug Jarvis (deep reference) out there. However, Gaborik is still a former three time All-Star who has scored more than 40 goals in a season three times. With the amount of depth the Kings have on their roster, and specifically at right wing, this move can only improve the Kings chances of competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Gaborik is on the final year of his contract and is making $7.5M this season.