An un-named NHL executive told the Star Tribune Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough has been shopping the franchise player as the Wild believe they will not be able to re-sign Gaborik before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next July.
The Pioneer Press notes the Risebrough no longer comments on the future of Gaborik, a drastic change from a couple weeks ago when the Wild GM talked freely about how the winger was not on the trading block.
As mentioned last week, and recently reported in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, the Montreal Canadiens appear to be the front-runner for Gaborik's services. One possible deal mentioned by the Pioneer Press says Christopher Higgins, Jaroslav Halak, and a first-round draft pick or top prospect would be part of the deal. Both papers mention former Minnesota Mr. Hockey Ryan McDonagh, Montreal's first-round pick in 2007, as a player the Wild would like to acquire in such a deal.
According to the New York Post, Gaborik is looking for a 10-year deal worth $100 million.