Oct 25, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik (10) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) battle for the puck along the boards during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings Acquire Marian Gaborik From Columbus

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The Los Angeles Kings were looking for another offensive threat, and it appears that they have found their man.  I wrote yesterday about a number of potential targets the Kings might have in their sights, and Dean Lombardi has snatched one of those players.

In a move that was reported, then retracted, then confirmed, the Kings have acquired winger Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

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Gaborik is in the final year of his contract, and is making $7.5M this season.  He has been prone to injuries in his career and has been limited to just 22 games so far this season, notching 6 goals and 14 points.

He has 35 points in 54 career playoffs games, so he brings some experience to a veteran and playoff hardened team.  Whether he can stand up to the rigors of a long Western Conference playoff grind will remain to be seen, but he will be well insulated with the likes of Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown and Mike Richards.

The Kings did pay a price for the Slovakian forward, sending Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick to Columbus.

Columbus will also pick up a lot of the remaining salary on Gaborik’s contract.

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