After being acquired at the trade deadline earlier this year, Marian Gaborik now has a new home. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings, and feeling a part of the team since he got here, Gaborik repeated stated that he would love to stay in Los Angeles. Now he will, with a 7-year, 34.1-million dollar extension. Part of the deal is that there is no no-movement or no-trade clause that was a part of the deal.
“I mentioned before that I wanted to stay here, and obviously if it wouldn’t have gone on the way that it did, I would’ve maybe tried [testing free agency], but all along I wanted to stay here,” he said. “The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it, and that was my number one priority, to try to get the deal done here. I believed that we could get it done, and we did, and I’m very happy about that.”
The 32-year-old reinstated that it’s been a crazy two weeks, winning the cup and a new contract, but it provides some sort of security. On appreciating the contract Gaborik said, “You know, you can sign for 10 years or however long, and you still can get traded. I was signed for five years, I got traded, and then I got traded again. Any player can get traded, so I wouldn’t put it in that category.”
He also reinstated that he just clicked with the team, and it wasn’t about the money, he wanted to stay and be a part of a great team.
Gaborik, has played 810 career NHL games, recording 347 goals and 704 points. In 26 playoff games with the Kings, he scored a playoff-high 14 goals and 8 points.
According to CapGeek.com the Kings will have roughly 4.5 million to 5.7 million dollars to allocate to a combination of restricted free agents Dwight King, Linden Vey and Brayden McNabb, and unrestricted free agents Willie Mitchell, Colin Fraser and Jeff Schultz.
Kings now have Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Gaborik, Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Jonathan Quick under contract for at least the next five seasons.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL