1:49PM: Gaborik’s cap hit is $4.9 million. (LeBrun)
1:42PM: Gaborik’s cap hit is just under $5 million. (Nick Kypreos)
1:40PM: Marian Gaborik has signed a seven-year contract extension with the LA Kings. (Jon Rosen)
The deal is believed to be worth $4.9 million or $5 million per season. (Pierre LeBrun)
Gaborik was acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline.
He was sent to Columbus from the Rangers at the previous trade deadline.
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Gaborik had 14 goals and 8 assists.
Gaborik’s previous contract, that he signed with the Rangers on July 1, 2009, was five-years with a cap hit of $7.5 million.
Gaborik was the third player to receive the Stanley Cup last night.
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1:56PM: Gaborik said on Monday that he has a lot of good memories playing for the Rangers but he is only focused on the business at hand tonight. (NY Post)
1:33PM: Marian Gaborik returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since he was traded last season.
Gaborik said being back at MSG will give him a little extra jump and he is excited to be at MSG after all the renovations and understands the atmosphere at MSG. (via the NHL)
Gaborik said that playing the Rangers makes this series a little special and that the coaching change has seemed to help the Rangers.
He said that he hasn’t thought about what it would be like for him to play with the Rangers under Alain Vigneault.
Marian Gaborik enters the Stanley Cup Final with 12 goals and 7 assists in 21 games.
Gaborik is tied with Rick Nash for second in the playoffs with 65 shots on goal and has 102 shot attempts in the playoffs.
He scored the tying goal last for LA against Chicago:
Henrik Lundqvist said today that Gaborik is “on fire. He is playing really well the whole playoffs. I think he played a huge part for them and why they are in there. 12 goals for them or something and he is one of the guys that we make sure we keep our focus on and make sure we know when he is on ice. He is a sniper and fast and finds the net pretty good. (Rangers)
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1:26PM: The LA Kings have acquired Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Pierre LeBrun)
- The Kings sent Matt Frattin, a second round pick and a conditional third round pick. (TSN)
The Blue Jackets will reportedly take a large chunk of Marian Gaborik’s salary.
LA asked about Gaborik when he was with the Rangers.
Pierre McGuire says that LA was recruiting Gaborik when the Rangers signed him.
The Rangers traded Gaborik at the deadline to Columbus last year.
Thursday night against the Rangers, Marian Gaborik had one assist, played 17:27 and had one shot on goal and one shot that was blocked by Mats Zuccarello.
Gaborik has five goals in 15 games this season but hasn’t scored a goal in his last six games. Gaborik hasn’t had more than 4 shots in a game since October 15th and only has six shots on goal in his last four games.
In the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Arace writes that Gaborik hasn’t turned on the Jets this season and “shudders” at the thought of young player Cam Atkinson learning to play like him.
Arace writes “Will anyone tell Gaborik to get his butt in gear, the way John Tortorella used to?”
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline spoke with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen who said that the team is not rushing to sign former Ranger Marian Gaborik to a contract extension.
He is signed through this coming season at $7.5 million and can then be an unrestricted free agent.
Gaborik was acquired by the Blue Jackets at the trade deadline for Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and John Moore.
He had three goals and five assists in 12 games with Columbus after being traded.
At ESPN NY, Katie Strang writes that the most critical element to the Rangers trade of Marian Gaborik wasn’t felt in April but is being felt now as the team looks to secure players for the future.
Gaborik has a cap hit next season of $7.5 million and the Rangers have Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello as RFAs and Ryane Clowe will be a UFA.
Cap Geek says that the Rangers have just over $14.1 million, including Brad Richards, in cap space next season, when the cap goes down to $64.3 and saved around $2.5 million by moving Gaborik.
Adam Rotter: Once it was decided that the salary cap was going down for this coming season, Gaborik’s chances of being a Ranger in 2013-14 were slim. Had he been scoring during the year, the Rangers would have kept him for the playoffs and started to entertain trading him now as a way to clear enough space to re-sign their RFAs. The team made the decision that Rick Nash was going to be who the offense was built around and there just wasn’t going to be enough money to allow Gaborik to stay and also keep Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the rest. The Rangers got three important pieces for Gaborik and while they only saved $2.5 million, every dollar will be important to get everyone signed.
According to reports out of Slovakia and Columbus, former Ranger Marian Gaborik is in Philadelphia today to get checked out for an abdominal issue that may prevent him from representing Slovakia at the World Championships.
Aaron Portzline says that Gaborik’s issue is not related to the shoulder surgery he had last summer or a groin issue.
Gaborik played in all 47 games this season. He played 35 with the Rangers and Columbus only had 12 left after he was traded.
He had three goals and five assists in the 12 games he played for the Blue Jackets.