The two-time Olympian for Slovakia brings offensive punch to the Kings to a certain extent, but Gaborik is also a fairly streaky player and the rub on him is that he lacks passion for the game. Injuries have also undermined his quality over the years.
But still, Gaborik has topped 40 goals a few times over his career and he could be playing with a solid centre in Anze Kopitar. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be lighting the lamp in the hot California sun like old times again, but it could mean that there’s more upside to this deal than many anticipate.
For the Blue Jackets, getting Gaborik off the books clears up some room. Considering how they’ve been playing since the return of Nathan Horton, that’s a very good thing indeed.
Of course, Columbus is also going to be munching a bit of Gaborik’s salary but there’s still enough of a benefit in this for them to cough up some scoring.
In Frattin, they get a depth player with a quality forecheck game. But that’s hardly a replacement for Gaborik, which leads to the suggestion that the team may have more in store before the clock runs out on this rather interesting trade deadline day.