Marian Gaborik traded to Kings: Blue Jackets to retain 50 percent of Gaborik's salary

by Mar 5, 8:09 PM

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While the Blue Jackets obtained forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks (a second-rounder and a conditional third-round pick) in exchange for Marian Gaborik, Columbus will retain a portion of the forward's pro-rated salary.

As per Capgeek, this addendum (and the subsequent demotion of Linden Vey to the AHL) puts the Kings at roughly $640K under the salary cap for the remainder of the season. 

Mar 5, 5:24 PM

Kings acquire Marian Gaborik from Blue Jackets

by Mar 5, 5:24 PM

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It's official: Marian Gaborik is a member of the Los Angeles Kings.

Headed to beautiful Columbus, Ohio are Matt Frattin and two draft picks - a second-rounder and a conditional third-round pick. 

Check out the storyline below for more on the deal, including analysis from theScore's Justin Bourne

Mar 5, 1:40 PM

Analysis: Blue Jackets reportedly trade Marian Gaborik to Kings

by Mar 5, 1:40 PM

The Los Angeles Kings are in dire need of scoring, and it wasn’t a fact lost on them. Their current scoring clip is just over two goals per game, which barely bests the two worst-scoring teams in the NHL, Calgary and Buffalo. Enter Marian Gaborik. 

The name Marian Gaborik, at this point, is a lot sexier than the player himself. He’s tallied just 14 points in 22 games this season, a mere six of which are goals. I’m not a big fan of avoiding talent because the talent has had bad injury luck in the past, but Gaborik seems really prone to getting hurt, which is a scary concept in playoffs. And, when you’re a scorer who’s made his hay in large part thanks to being speedy, age can be a real drag. 

In short, I’m not sure the Kings found the guy they’re looking for. He’ll definitely provide some offense, but on a team that dines on its team defense, I’m skeptical that it’ll be worth it.

Going back to Columbus is Matt Frattin, a second round pick, and a third round pick (conditional). For a team on the brink of playoffs like Columbus - to whom making playoffs would mean a great deal - it seems like a waste to ship out one of your legitimate NHL talents for future picks. I’m almost always in favour of getting something rather than nothing for a player going to UFA, but I’d have rather have seen Columbus consider him a rental and make a playoff push than do the “smart” thing in this case. 

The Blue Jackets haven’t had Gaborik much of the year and they’ve been fine, so maybe that’s Jarmo Kekalainen's line of thinking, but I would’ve preferred to see them look at this season a bit more aggressively. 

I can see what both GMs were thinking, but I’m not sure either one got what they needed here.

Mar 5, 1:19 PM

Report: Blue Jackets trade Marian Gaborik to Kings

by Mar 5, 1:19 PM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded forward Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings. The forward has scored 14 points in 22 games played this season after missing the majority of the season with a sprained knee and broken collarbone.

Mar 5, 10:56 AM

Report: Discussions between Blue Jackets and Kings for Gaborik have 'heated up'

by Mar 5, 10:56 AM

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Bill Jaffe reports the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets have heated up talk to deal forward Marian Gaborik.

Gaborik has had an injury riddled season with a knee injury, then breaking his collarbone in his first game back from the first injury.