According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports (who is the early MVP of trade deadline day), the Los Angeles Kings are trying to move Marian Gaborik out of town. Sending out the rapidly declining sniper would free up some space and ice time for other players as the Kings push hard for the playoffs this season.
Gaborik has seen his play diminish in the past couple of seasons as he heads into the second half of his thirties, but still has four more seasons at $4.875MM on his current deal. It’s a tough pill to swallow for anyone despite Gaborik’s elite goal-scoring history.
It’s been a long time since his last 40 goal season, but perhaps a team would be willing to take him at a reduced salary if the Kings retained some of the money. A former Stanley Cup champion, Gaborik has just seven goals and 15 points in 40 games this season even playing more than 16 minutes a night and skating mostly beside Anze Kopitar.