Beyond The Benches

Los Angeles Kings Re-sign Marian Gaborik

The Los Angeles Kings and Marian Gaborik have reached an agreement on a contract extension which will keep Gaborik in Los Angeles for the next seven years for a reported $4.875 million per year. While this is a big drop from his previous $7.5 million contract, Gaborik could use the insurance after under-producing for the last couple of seasons.

After three trades over the course of two seasons, Marian Gaborik seems to have found a home with the Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik, at one time considered one of the leagues most elite scorers, has slumped significantly over his last two to three seasons, primarily due to injuries. During the 2013-14 season Gaborik played just 22 games, scoring 14 points, before being dealt to the Kings at the trade deadline.

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Gaborik almost immediately seemed to fit in on the top line alongside Anze Kopitar and captain Dustin Brown. While the points did not come for the first couple of games, Gaborik hit stride by the end of his 19-game regular season stint with the Kings. This was particularly evident in the playoffs, where Gaborik was the leagues leading goal-scorer. The Slovakian sniper not only scored often, but he scored when it mattered, contributing multiple-game tying and game-winning goals throughout the postseason.

Gaborik expressed through social media that, despite the drop in salary, he could not be more excited to remain in Los Angeles.

The deal should prove to be beneficial for both the Los Angeles Kings and Marian Gaborik. From the Kings perspective, they have locked up someone who can be an elite scorer for a good price. For Gaborik, he has found a contract at a length that is unlikely to have been offered by any other team, from a Stanley Cup-winning team which his playing style clearly meshes with. Additionally, Gaborik gets to share the ice with a slew of all-star talent including goaltender Jonathan Quick, Selke trophy-nominee Anze Kopitar, and past Norris trophy-nominee Drew Doughty.

Only the coming of the 2014-15 NHL season will tell how good of a deal this was for the Los Angeles Kings and Marian Gaborik. If he can manage to stay healthy, expect to see Gaborik all over the score sheet next season. Don’t be surprised to see him return to 50+ point-scoring form on the Los Angeles Kings top line.

 

Writer: Timmy Sclafani is a Sophomore Journalism student at Roger Williams University. He is not only passionate about hockey, but also film, biking, and music. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @tsclafani20