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Gaborik enjoyed Kings experience, hopes to re-sign

Jun 23, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings are in a difficult position when it comes to Marian Gaborik. They clearly would like to bring him back after acquiring him at the trade deadline sparked their offense and he proved to be one of their most effective players in the 2014 playoffs, but they are limited by their proximity to the salary cap ceiling.

They have reportedly offered him a three-year, $15 million contract, which would be a pay cut for Gaborik and probably less than he would make on the open market. So the question is if Gaborik would be willing to take less to stay with a team he just won the Stanley Cup with.

In that regard, a recent statement by Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, should give Kings fans some hope.

“I think Marian enjoyed, not just the time here, but everything about the experience,” Salcer told the Los Angeles Times. “I think to continue that is something he would like and the team would like. So I would hope we could come to a meeting of the minds and get that done.”

It’s worth adding that if the Kings successfully re-sign Gaborik, then that will likely negatively impact their chances of re-signing defensemen Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene.

  1. pone27 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    IMO, that Gaborik trade is what put the Kings in the position to win the cup.

    I am not saying that the Kings would have had no chance should they never made the Gabs deal, but we did see the Kings go through ruts during the season. When they acquired Gaborik, that definitely changed that up.

    I think we can all agree that it would be foolish to think that Gaborik won’t test the market. I think it pretty much comes down to what Cup contending team(s) is going to offer him top dollar, then compare that to the Kings offer. If the dollar difference isn’t too absurd, I am sure we see Gaborik in the Kings jersey. I think its a 50/50 chance he sticks around.

    • J.M. Garlock - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      It depends on what his priorities are. If his primary interest is making money he might go elsewhere. If he wants to play for a team that has a chance of getting another Cup he’ll take what Kings offer.
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      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Hawks also have an excellen chance, but their need is a #2 center, so am sure they would not be interested. The the conference championship matchups, you knew that whoever won the WC was goona take the SC as well.

  2. hockeyornothing - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    He’s already made 65 mil and I’m pretty sure he would do well to take that contract. Maybe I’m mistaken but hasn’t he missed a decent number of games due to injury over the yrs? Why not stick with a winner ?

  3. nyking1963 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    I’m not so sure that his value will be that great on the open market.
    He was a HUGE reason for the Kings winning the cup, but he’s had big contracts in the past and has never lived up to the contract. Why would a team offer 4 or more years? I know the “One dumb owner” theory, but I would be very surprised. I think other teams also realize that just because he fit in so well with the Kings doesn’t mean he’ll fit in with their team the same way.
    I think he’ll accept the Kings offer in the end. Perhaps the Kings tweak it a little, but not very much.
    Also, they’ll be able to bring back at least one of the D’men mentioned. If they signed Gabby to the 3/$15 mil…that would leave them about $8 mil under the projected cap…

  4. puckoff70 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Sounds like Gabby has a smarmy agent more interested in his commission than Gabby’s career. If he plays games with Lombardi like this I hope Dean opens up a dialog with Vaneks agent and entices him by using Gabby as an example. Look what playing with Kopi and Carter did for Gabby, imagine how a younger player with better legs would do?!

    • nyking1963 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Vanek?
      I think Gabby’s agent would be hysterical laughing.
      Vanek was so bad during the playoffs, he probably scared off every team that was considering signing him. He was also looking for max dollars prior to filing. You and I could have suited up in Vanek’s place and did as much as he did.

      • puckoff70 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        I have no doubt he would be laughing hysterically, he doesn’t care about anything but his commission. Sending him to Columbus was proof of that and look how that turned out for him. As for Vanek, he’s younger and quicker than Gabby isn’t injury prone and would excel with Carter or Kopi just like Gabby was able to. Might be better for the kings too since teams will now start targeting Gaborik. Especially since his agent wants to play games with his career.

      • moarjam - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        1. Vanek is not quicker than Gaborik

        2. Why are you putting this all on his agent? You do realize Gaborik is getting paid on these contracts too right? This is also likely to be his last contract. Suppose someone offers him one more year at that money. That’s $5m more! I don’t care how much money you have $5m is still a lot to turn down. Not like he’s chasing a cup anymore.

      • thefutureofoil - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        The agent didn’t send Gaborik to Columbus. He was traded and most scorers would want to get away from Torts defensive system to begin with.

        Vanek will never play for the Kings. He doesn’t back check as he showed with the Canadiens in the playoffs. That’s a non-starter with the Kings. Everyone back checks or you don’t play. Even Gabby did it.

  5. billiam55 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    id love to see gabby come back to ny. hed flourish under AV.

  6. sheapuck - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    You can also never discount a GM who has the cap space and could use a player of his caliber on his roster but possibly more importantly, keeping him OFF the Kings or any other team’s roster where he has the chance to beat you. A GM like that could drive up Gaborik’s market value.

    • nyking1963 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      I don’t see a GM making an offer to keep him away from the Kings.
      With the salary cap, you worry about your own roster and not another team’s roster.
      If someone was to offer him a 4 or 5 yr deal at 6 mil a year, I’m sure the Kings will let him go. If the team is a contender, I doubt they ahve that much cap room to fit a contract like that..especially on a guy who has made people regret signing him. .

  7. rayderray - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Welp, there goes that theory on how it affects resigning Mitchell or Greene…Just read that Greene and the Kings are close to finalizing a 4 year extension! And I haven’t read anything that says they took their offer to Gabby off the table.

  8. droopy925 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Well it comes down to this yeah he can get more money somewhere else but has a chance to build a legacy in LA can’t blame him if he goes but would love to see him stay either way thanks for the cup

  9. paulerhythm - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Lombardi is in the driver seat. If Gaborik signs, Mitchell is gone. If Gaborik does not sign then Mitchell signs. Either way, it’s a win for Dean and the Kings.

  10. pondersucks07 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    Gaborik made 7 million a year in his prime. At 32 5 million a year to play for the Kings is a great deal. Gaborik wont have the pressure of being the NO.1 option to take the blame when things go wrong, Kings fans don’t get on their team players like most of the rest of NHL fans do. Great locker room environment, Kopitar is a perfect line mate and makes Gaborik job that much easier. LA is a team first mentality and don’t worry about how many points you get. LA is a defense first and two way hockey. Which as you can see by the way he played for the Kings, Gaborik bought into the system.

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