News: Marian Gaborik staying in LA for SEVEN-Years

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.

Read: Marian Gaborik is excited to return to MSG and play the Rangers

Gaborik1:56PM: 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.

Read: The Rangers on their former teammate Marian Gaborik

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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News: Marian Gaborik traded to LA

Gaborik1:26PM: 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.

Read: The Columbus Point of View on Marian Gaborik

GaborikThursday 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?”

Buzz: The Blue Jackets Will Take Their Time In Deciding Whether to Extend Marian Gaborik

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.