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It's official: Gaborik on trading block

Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:08 pm

The Minnesota Wild are looking to move Marian Gaborik, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press report.

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.


Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2008 4:48 pm

It's official: Gaborik on trading block

or perhaps instead of Halak they dump Kovalev's salary and contract year on us kinda like Atlanta did with Hossa

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2008 9:36 am

It's official: Gaborik on trading block

To be honest, while I like Gabby, I think it's better to trade him than to resign him to a very expensive, long term deal.  He's an exciting player, but  he continually misses a ton of games due to leg/groin injuries.   It's not like "fluke" things, more like he's just prone to having hamstring/groin issues, things that take longer and longer to heal as you age, and also, more likely to recur.  At $8.5-$10M a year, you just can't afford to have a guy on the shelf for 1/4 to a 1/3 of the season, every season, and IMO, that's what I see in Marion's future.

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 4:29 pm

It's official: Gaborik on trading block

Gabby to LA is what i hear......Frolov,Hickey and this years 1st round pick which will b much higher than Montreal's.........The Wild would much rather have Hickey, Frolov and possibly a top 5 pick over an average player and a young goalie.......LA would then sign him to a 8 year 76 million dollar contract........Kopitar and Gabby on the same line ?????......i just don't see him going to Montreal they only have 11 players under contract and all there big name players are FA next year.....10 mill for 1 player doesn't make sense on a team filled with stars ......

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