TRH 2014 TRADE DEADLINE: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Marian Gaborik, Kings Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Earlier today, right winger Marian Gaborik was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin, a 2nd Round Pick (acquired from Toronto for Jon Bernier) and a conditional 3rd Round Pick if the LA Kings win their 1st Round playoff series or re-sign Gaborik. And just to show what a baller Dean Lombardi is… Columbus also retains half of Gaborik’s remaining salary.
Let’s take a look at the newest LA King, Marian Gaborik!
Sure, everyone likes to joke about Marian Gaborik being injured but I’m sure it’s just an exaggeration, right? RIGHT?!?
Oh god… it’s worse than I thought.
So we turned to our good buddy, Dark Blue Jacket (who is our go-to source every time the LA Kings acquire a high-scoring winger from the Columbus Blue Jackets) to get an insider’s look at the newest LA King.
It was like it was but a year ago…
“Marian Gaborik and his groin were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.”
And that’s how it started. We saw him but for a scant 34 games. Sure, the Blue Jackets played 74 games while Gaborik was under contract here. But, and it came not as a surprise, he missed 40 games due to injury. That was the broken collarbone. The one that made Gaborik sit out the Olympics.
It gets better Kings Fan. We in Columbus also experienced “the soreness” at the end of last season. You know, the one that forced Gaborik to undergo abdominal surgery, rehab all summer, etc.
So two killer injuries in 74 games. 34 games on the ice, at least 12 of which were played with guts held in by duct tape. Consider yourself forewarned.
That all said, I can almost guarantee you this: You will get teased by Marian Gaborik. He still has an incredible burst of speed. He still can shoot. He still can avoid physical contact with the best wingers in the game (apparently with good reason).
You will, at some point in this season, sit back, rub your eyes and ask, “Did he really do that?” And you will see the Marian Gaborik of 2005-2006.
And then Marian Gaborik promptly will get hurt.
I wish Gaborik the best. He’s a classy guy. He can be fun to watch. He’s also a walking M*A*S*H unit.
So what about this Matt Frattin guy?
It’s also worth nothing this blurb from Dark Blue Jackets’ recap of Columbus’ 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars… aka Gaborik’s last game as a Blue Jacket:
1. If Marian Gaborik gets traded at the 3PM Wednesday deadline, everyone send a condolence card to Artem Anisimov. Maybe I’m reading what’s happening on the ice wrong, but Arty appears to be using Gaborik as a decoy to draw defensive coverage away and get better looks. (Of course, having Nick “Tazmanian Devil” Foligno on the other wing helps create defensive chaos in the opponents as well.) Arty has a goal in four straight games. Gaborik has been back for four games. Do the math.
We will be updating this post as more news on Marian Gaborik and other moves the LA Kings have made come in. But in the meantime…
Career goals per game average: Marian Gaborik .432 Jeff Carter .405 Anze Kopitar .328 Dustin Brown .273 Mike Richards .268
— PumperNicholl (@PumperNicholl) March 5, 2014
We are head over heels for the acquisition of Marian Gaborik!!!