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Report: Kings make Gaborik a three-year offer

Jun 22, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings would like to re-sign Marian Gaborik, but they might not have the cap space to pull that off following their decision not to buy out Mike Richards.

All the same, the Kings are at least giving it a shot by offering him a three-year, $15 million contract, according to the Toronto Sun. Gaborik, 32, is coming off of a five-year, $37.5 million deal.

Assuming the report is true, it would both represent a significant pay cut for Gaborik and also less than he’d likely get on the open market. Gaborik’s lengthy injury history is a source of concern that might hurt his bottom line, but he would still be one of the best free agents available and is coming off of a great playoff run.

At the same time, he just won the Stanley Cup with the Kings and they’re likely to stay competitive for years to come, so maybe he will be willing to take less to stay in that situation.


UFA of the Day: Marian Gaborik

  1. earpaniac - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    That’s one heck of a quasi-hometown discount.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      would be, if he accepted

      • kevbelz - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        would be, if he thought of it as a home town.
        I can’t see him accepting. He’s got his name on the cup. Why would he settle for less money because its’ the town he called home for 3 months?

  2. thatguytml92 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    He should take that, he won’t get an offer like that from any other contending team, he can get more from Florida or Bufalo though

    • puckoff70 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Yup plus vanek and others could start talking with Lombardi if he doesn’t take the offer and there may be more upside potential from a younger guy playing with Kopi or Carter. Let’s face it, Gaborik is not worth his old contract numbers. He’s nearly 2 strides slower now than when it was originally inked.

  3. kingsomab - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    He should take it. He has fit in very well with the team and he’d be a fool not to stay with the Kings. I mean, does 5 mil or 7 mil a season make such big a difference that you’d leave a team you’ve acclimatized yourself to so well? I sometimes don’t understand the greediness of NHL players.

    • deathbyspl - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      2 million bucks is a HUGE difference

      • puckoff70 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        Ask NY and Columbus if it was money well spent.

      • puckoff70 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Plus nobody will offer him a 3 year 20 million contract.

    • steelcity333 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Whether you’re a person like us or an NHL player, $2 million is a lot of money.

      • desertfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        It’s actually $6Million difference!!!

    • oquintero99 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Specially in California with the high taxes and stuff.

      • modcoop - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        “Specially in California with the high taxes and stuff.”

        Where the heck did you come up with that statement? California is not a state that you claim has high taxes and stuff. Its obvious you don’t live here because what you posted is an uninformed and ignorant statement.

        The Kings have the CAP to give him a 3yr deal between 5-6 million per and an annual CAP hit.
        Signing Gaborik would only mean one of the older defensemen either Mitchell or Greene would probably be the odd man out.

        Looking at this team, Mitchell would be a better signing as much as we love Matt Greene.
        Greene has missed a lot of hockey the last 3.5 years with various injuries like his shoulder or back. Greene is a step slower and Mitchell gives the Kings more depth and a established defensive pairing with Voynov.

        If Gaborik does not resign, the Kings would not be going after a Vanek/Moulson. They have Pearson to play on the 2nd line with a Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, they also can use Toffoli as a LW or RW.

        Regardless, Gaborik is likely staying with the Kings. He has made over 60 million in his career and taking a pay cut of 6 million or 4.5 million might be a reality he is ok with since he would be playing with a team that could potentially repeat or win a few more cups because of their core being intact.

        Dean Lombardi acquired Gaborik with the understanding he wanted to stay here and play. If you look at the various pictures of the Kings all together at the beach with the cup, or in Vegas with the cup, you see a very tight group and they have bonded into a family. This family isn’t fake or full of egos, and Gaborik could relax and play, not having to be questioned about a poor showing.

        Living at the beach, playing for a defending Stanley Cup team who has been to the conference finals 3 seasons in a row is well worth a pay cut.

        Oh and 1 more thing winning a Stanley Cup is also more enticing, especially knowing that the majority of the players are back for another few seasons.

      • kevbelz - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Hey Modcoop, You tore apart his high tax comment with lots of words that don’t address the high tax comment.

        Let me defend him.

        Simply, It does cost more to live in LA then to live nearly anyother place in the US.
        It could be sales taxes, it could be higher real estate prices, it could be higher cost of eating out, it could be higher prices at the movie theater.

        I think the OP’s point was that why would Gaborik accept a lower salary than he might be able to get elsewhere when the exact same offer from ANY OTHER team would net him more money in the end.
        He’s lived in LA for exactly 3 months. There is no “home town” benefit for him.
        He’s already got his name on the cup.
        His stats in the playoffs speak wonders about his character (14 goals, and only 8 Assists, he is a guy who thinks of himself only)
        He is definitely worth more to LOTS of other teams where the cost of living and live style would be better for him.

        I bet he never wears an LA article of clothing again in his lifetime.

      • militantgod - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        modcoop clearly has no idea what he’s talking about. California does not have a flat state income rate and for people with an income of over $1 mil a year it counts as 13.3% against them (which is the worst in America). Tiger Woods moved to Florida nearly a decade ago because of this reason (and the state tax has only gotten worse since he left). He ended up saving $7.5 mil in 2012 alone because Florida has no state income tax. Phil Michelson has been talking about moving out of California as well.;_ylt=AwrBTvznXapTxTkACJHrFAx.;_ylu=X3oDMTE0NGhvcTNzBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNgRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA01TWUNBMDJfMQ–

    • avscup - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Greediness of NHL players? 5 million is low end for the other big three professional sports. Put another way, would you give up 30% of your salary? Maybe he will but that would be very generous of him. I hope Stastny is so generous will the Avs!

    • sanclementeacupuncture - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      Dude are you for real? This is his last pay raise and will have to live off of it for the rest of his life. Do you realize these guys pay taxes in every city they play in? Yeah 2 million dollars IS a lot of money fool.. Not to mention the Kings are not winning anything next year.

  4. galizische - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Take it Marian! Ple-e-e-e-ease! Maintain the dynasty!

  5. easez1 - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    There are three very good reasons why Gabby will take the Kings offer….1st is the cup and the appeal of winning it again….2nd is the fact that puts him in good stead (bragging rights) with his two neighbors (Hossa and Chara, they all live on the same street)….3rd is he absolutely loves living in California, loves his teammates and his role on the team (no other team could fit him better >see Kopitar). I for one will not be surprise when he signs.

    • kevbelz - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Why do you think he absolutley loves living in California? Has he bought real estate yet? Did he whisper it in your ear while you guys were sleeping?

      He played 19 regular season games there, as a rental. Then he won a cup in the next 26 games.

      He is not settling for less than what someone else would pay him, he has NO tie to LA except for his name on the cup.


  6. beergold - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    He signs he stays he wins all is happy in LA land!

  7. hauger88 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Kingsomab…I didn’t see them saying he was thinking if turning it down. He should stay because of the chemistry with carter. He hasn’t found that kind if chemistry with any other team. She scored 40+ twice in Ny but I wouldn’t say that was because if his linemates

    • nyr4life9920nyr - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      ass-hole, lets see when he scores 15 next year and is injured for half the year and sux in the post season what kind of crap comes outta your mouth

      • Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        There there.. let me get you a tissue…
        Let’s wipe those tears off your face..
        No reason a grown boy should be getting so upset~

      • dbreslow56 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Is someone still a little bit upset about losing in the Stanley Cup Final to the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings??

      • pondersucks07 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Kings would still be good and could win the cup without him. Only difference, Kings fans wont be yelling at him for being injured or if he don’t have a great scoring playoffs, Kings are not aout the stat sheet as they are in playing team hockey and winning. That’s why the Kings have a great relationship with all their players believing in each other. Gaborick is just another player that has bought into the team concept, Two way hockey.

  8. 19to77 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Considering he made nearly 40 million dollars on his last deal alone, it’s safe to assume his retirement plans are fairly well-financed already. So, question is – does he want to take an (admittedly substantial) pay cut to keep making Cup runs, or go pad his bank accounts elsewhere? If I were in his position, I’d be resigning with the Kings. If you’re already loaded, why not enjoy the ride while you can, right?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      There is an intangible that many don’t bring up – how team location does or does not translate into appearance $$s. LA is one of the top 3 media markets.

      Which is a reason why Toews and Kane may well take a discount to stay in Chicago – Chicago is the 3rd largest metro, but unlike LA and NY, there is only 1 team. Add to it a club, like LA that can compete for the cup, they all might chose to take the discount.

      As a Hawks fan, I hope Gaborick “Bolts” – when they signed him, I knew it would make the Kings tougher to beat.

  9. purpleguy - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    He’s a goofy dude, who knows what he’ll do?

  10. aldog83 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    If he leaves….

    Toffoli and Pearson must continue to develop.

    And someone else will benefit by playing with Kopitar.

    Hope he stays. Gaborik was amazing.

    But he is 32. And a 3 year deal is nice at that age.

    Guess it depends on the lifestyle he wants to live…

    Plus the weather is pretty nice in Cali.

    • pondersucks07 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Kings are deep in talent in the minors.

  11. sharksfan97 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    And in Taxifornia that means Gaborik nets 1 million a year. Heck, probably more than he netted in Tax York.

    • puckoff70 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      You should hire a professional to do your taxes…sounds like you like getting raped unnecessarily! Not surprising in San Sogay I suppose.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        How terribly politically incorrect of you;)

    • scout202sport - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:42 AM

      5 million dollars a year does NOT mean he will net 1 million dollars due to taxes in California. If you honestly think that, you’re a fool. Fox News has ruined your life.

  12. thefutureofoil - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Gaborik has earned over $65 million in his career already according to Cap Geek. Would be very surprised if he doesn’t work something out with the Kings. That being said, there is serious risk for LA given his injury history.

  13. cheggy1731 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    One of the main

  14. cheggy1731 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    One of the main reasons the Kings

  15. semuir - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Please, Marion, stay with the Kings!!!!!!

  16. paulerhythm - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I’m pretty sure he accepts the offer but, wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to the highest bidder. He may be thinking I already got a Cup so now, I want to maximize my bank account because he’s an injury away from the game leaving him, just saying.

  17. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in a wings sweater

  18. quickisquick - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Question remains as to how much credence we give a report from the Toronto Sun. They don’t exactly hit the mark all the time.

  19. pondersucks07 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Tough decision for Gaborik. Signing with the Kings, Gaborik wont have to be the focus of the team success and a lot of pressure off his shoulders. Kings could have a good run at multi- cups and the Play-off money would help ease the difference. Gaborick signs some where else, I doubt he would get 7 million a year like his last contract, With a history of injuries and not being able to have a lot of success when he is the main source for the team to go far in the play-offs. At 32, 5million a year to play with a team Gaborik feels comfortable with and he looked happy playing again without the strain of team/fans being on his case for not winning. I think he will take the contract and be a team player instead of being the team and all that goes with it.

  20. blomfeld - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:29 AM


    Friends, aside from my own personal happiness after yet another glorious campaign this year, a ‘wonderful’ theme emanating from our recent victories is that of redemption. I was so happy for Willie Mitchell two years ago, and today I now find myself feeling the same happiness for Marian Gaborik. People have often asked me how some Vancouver teenager like myself (at the time) could have ‘signed on’ to the LA Kings 41 years ago back in 1973 ? It’s a legitimate & fair question and quite frankly I’ve wondered at times about that myself ? Nonetheless, as a ‘mature’ man today, I’ve now come to know enough about myself to appreciate the fact that ‘mine’ is a soul which rallies with those who are ‘down-trodden’ and cast aside by the majority. We Kings were a ‘sorry-assed’ lot back in 1973, with our ranks filled with ‘unwanted’ castaways from the likes of Montreal, Detroit & New York (ie: Vachon, Harper, Williams, Brown, Edwards, Nevin, St.Marseilles, Maloney, etc). And yet within two years we became a ‘de facto’ NHL force, tallying up our greatest ever seasonal points total at 103 ! The bottom line friends is that I believe comrade Gaborik will do the ‘right’ thing by accepting this ‘handsome’ offering of money from us. And in so doing, he will ‘guarantee’ himself joy for ‘many’ years to come, as our glorious enterprise marches onward, breaking new ground in the process ! :)


    “Don’t ever let Lundqvist see your car break down” …

    “Don’t ever let Toews take food from your family’s table” …

    “Don’t ever let Thornton see you or your loved ones get sick” …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  21. kevbelz - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    you know after reading all the numerous and humorous comments, I am hoping he does the unthinkable:
    I hope he accepts the “hometown discount” offer to play in a city that he called home from a hotel room, for all of 12 minutes.

    I hope he accepts because he is due for an injury laden season again.

    I hope he accepts because it would prove that he is dumber than the LA fans who think he should accept a salary lower than he WILL get offered elsewhere.
    He’s got the ring already. He never was, nor will he ever be, a good team mate.

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