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.

Read: Why The Rangers Had To Trade Marian Gaborik

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.

Buzz: Marian Gaborik Is Getting Checked Out For An Abdonimal Issue

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.

Read: John Tortorella On Stabilizing The Middle Of the Lineup/Marian Gaborik

During his meeting with the media today, John Tortorella fielded questions about how the Rangers have changed since bringing in Mats Zuccarello, Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore around the trade deadline.

Tortorella said that while he has always felt good about the team, the lack of depth in the middle of the lineup was not allowing the Rangers to play 60 minute games.

Tortorella then said that the Rangers better play after the deadline was not an indictment of Marian Gaborik or the relationship that the two of them had. He called Gaborik a “hell of a player,” who helped Columbus nearly make the playoffs and is a player who the Rangers miss in a lot of situations.

He said that making any accusations about the relationship between Gaborik and Tortorella is “wrong and unfair” to both of them and that the trade was made because the Rangers picked up players who helped solidify the middle of the lineup.

 

Read: John Davidson Talks About The Marian Gaborik Trade

On Sportsnet Radio, Columbus President John Davidson talked about how the Marian Gaborik trade developed.

JD said that the two sides were talking and that when the topic switched to Gaborik, the Rangers said that they wouldn’t move him unless they got the right package in return.

After some discussion, JD said that the two sides agreed on a package that worked for both teams. JD said that he thinks it is a trade that will be good for both the Rangers and Blue Jackets.

JD also said that he was happy that the former Columbus players were able to make such an immediate impact with the Rangers last night.