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Gaborik to debut on L.A.’s top line with Kopitar, Williams

Mar 6, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

Marian Gaborik #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 5, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 in the shootout.
(October 4, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

If today’s line rushes are any indication — and they usually are — the newest King is getting top billing.

Marian Gaborik, acquired from Columbus at yesterday’s trade deadline, skated on L.A.’s No. 1 unit alongside Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, according to LA Kings Insider. The move pushed captain Dustin Brown, who often plays alongside Kopitar and Williams, onto a second unit with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

The Kings will take on the Jets tonight in Winnipeg.

Gaborik, 32, was acquired in the hopes of sparking a lifeless L.A. offense. The Kings sit 27th in the NHL in goals per game (2.32) and haven’t gotten much scoring from their wingers this season, so the hope is that Gaborik can find some of the form that saw him score 41 with the Rangers during the 2011-12 campaign.

The Slovakian speedster does have 14 points in 22 games this year, but has missed extensive time with a knee sprain and broken collarbone.

  1. capspats - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    That’s a solid top two lines

    • pfhockey - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Yeah, I just think it’s Sutter’s coaching/gameplan on why the Kings don’t score too much. It won’t matter in the playoffs much though, Defense wins championships.

  2. thailer35 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    “The move pushed captain Dustin Brown, who often plays alongside Gaborik and Williams, onto a second unit with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.”

    I don’t know if the morning skate today qualifies as “often”. I think you mean Kopitar.

    On you like whitey-tighties again, Halford!

  3. pirovash88 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Sounds like a great line, here’s hoping they work well together. Pumped for tonights game.

  4. purpleguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    This should read: “On the first line until he pulls an abdominal/groin muscle for the 23rd time while refusing to play any defense”.

  5. aldog83 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    One of the Top videos on Youtube for Gaborik shows him scoring a hat trick for the Rangers last January.

    The game was against Boston and he scored 3 of the most ‘ELECTRIC” goals I have seen for a Hat Trick.

    Pay attention to the AMAZING “Hand Eye” coordination!

    He picks 2 of the goals out of Mid Air!!

    Gotta watch it just go to youtube and type – Marian Gaborik

    youtube posting by loffen nyr, very coof video

    • aldog83 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      If Gaborik plays anything close to this……

      Very Good news for LA KINGS!!


    • machosasquatcho - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Oh look, yet another blomfeld alternate account.

      Still promoting yourself on other sites as a PHT “legend”, blomfeld?


      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        I don’t think this one is Blomfeld/Joey/Slysipops, he doesn’t have a history of following Blomfeld posts like the others and posts on the NBA, NFL sections as well.

      • machosasquatcho - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Maybe not, but the punctuation similarities are striking, and it may be a newly-registered sockpuppet.

      • machosasquatcho - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Irrespective of aldog83’s questionable status, blomfeld is an idiot and should be banned for being so useless and embarrassing.

      • joey4id - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        angry guy, so now I have 4 accounts according to you; bomfeld/Slysipops/thailer35/joey4id. According to others I;
        – live in my mom’s basement
        – don’t have a life or a job
        – paid by the NHL to blog on PHT

        Hmm! You can’t all be telling the truth. Can you? Maybe your obsession is messing with you, guy. Maybe you should try a little harder to sort out your own BS.

      • machosasquatcho - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        you sound mad, ron. Why are you mad?

        Such a legend. lol

      • aldog83 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Hello I am not Bloomfield.

        I dont watch old war movies or care for Elvis (my parents took me to Graceland on VACA when I was younger though)

        But I will work on my punctuation to appease the Hockey Fans.

        Sorry. I just want to participate like everyone else.

        Just thought I would chime after seeing the video on You Tube.

        Although I am concerned with the Injuries to collarbone and knee….

        I hope Gaborik can put the puck in the net and that the Kings pick up their offense.

        Richards, Brown, Williams all need to help Kopitar and Carter. (maybe Sutter can let Doughty cut loose more! I was going crazy watching Doughty Dominate and score in the olympics while getting to see SO little of that in LA)

        Kings will have a difficult time getting past St Louis, San Jose, Chicago Or Anaheim scoring just 2 goals a game.


        If the KINGS can score 3+ a game….. they will be tough to beat.

        P.S. KUDOS to Dean Lombardi!

        Getting Gaborik….

        Keeping TOFFOLI! And recovering two 2nds traded to Buffalo for Reghyr!

        As of today Kings now have 3 picks in the top 61 selections in the 2014 draft (King’s 1st , Buffalo’s 2nd & Edmonton’s 3rd -likely top picks in 2nd and 3rd)

        AND in 2015 a 1st (King’s) 2nd (Buffalo’s) and another 2nd (Edmonton’s) – the two 2nd’s will likely be near the top of their respective rounds.

        GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • slysipops - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        SLYSIPOPS here…… i was kind of surprised about being accused of one of joey’s alias ! i really did not think too many persons paid that much attention to my post ! okay , now first….. i am me, and me only. i do not mind BLOMFELDS videos in fact, i was doing some of my own but for some reason they stopped working correctly for me ?? BLOMS is a KINGS fan …i am a BLACKHAWKS fan , we have teased each other about the supremacy of our favorite over the other. i have also ragged BLOMS about his constant 82 game schedule rants…..if you read my post you should have seen that. as for joey we have had our differences ,and it did get a little bit heated . i don’t pay much attention to joeys post but i don’t hold grudges either, so whatever on that issue! i wish i could get the youtube videos to work for me as they once did …. i imagined them making people ticked a little ( all in fun of course ) and tried to pick ones that i thought filled the bill so in finishing …… GOOD …BAD…or INDIFFERENT there is only one SLYSIPOPS …….STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS !

      • joey4id - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        slysipoops, tell them you’re me. Appease them.

      • blomfeld - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        I AM ‘HE’ BLOMFELD …

        Friends, both comrade and foe alike. Let us please ‘close rank’ here for a moment and appreciate ‘that’ which we have. The bottom line is that everyone is a ‘somebody’ and therefore we should ‘never’ take each other for granted. Okay, perhaps our relations here at PHT are only of an ‘electronic’ bouquet ? … fair enough. However that takes nothing away from the fact that behind ‘each and every’ handle is a live, decent, values-driven person. Personally, I’m just a 54 year old man living here in Vancouver BC (albeit still ‘extremely’ sexy) who happens to love brunettes, Elvis, Italian red wine and the LA Kings … and I love coming here to PHT to talk and joke with you guys ! :)
        So friends, on with the ‘multiple personality’ accusations if you must. But please do always keep it ‘fun, civil & lighthearted’ for the benefit of all …

        ps: did you guys hear the latest ?


        answer: how about score the opening goal tonight in another ‘glorious’ King’s victory ! :)

      • machosasquatcho - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM


      • thailer35 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Wait, people think I’m part of the infamous bomfeld/Slysipops/joey4id multiple usernames thing?

        Joey, this is the one and only time I’ll ever ask you to do this. Can you go back and find that post?

        I’m quite certain though these are all individual usernames. Slysipops doesn’t post enough to fit the equation. Joey and blomfeld could in theory be the same person, but the personalities are so intricately different it would take a lot to consistently maintain such different personalities that it is extremely unlikley.

        And what makes people think I’m part of this group? I’m fairly regularly debating with both of them, and more importantly correcting their grammar!

  6. nicknyhc - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Gaborik with Kopitar might be a VERY good combination.

    I wish the Rangers kept Gaborik. Him and Nash together under AV’s system would be awesome.

  7. ntvd7 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t care if he has slowed down, he’s still a sniper

    Get out there, get open, and take the shot

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Gaborik is one of the 2 active NHL’ers to have a 5 goal game on his resume. (Franzen the other.)

  8. itswhereyourmindsat - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Wish I didn’t have to work during the game

  9. aldog83 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM


    Good start post deadline.

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