Like most players on the block, Gaborik is a free agent after this season and so without a deal yet -- and one seemingly unlikely to come -- they want to offload him. Aaron Portzline has a few more details on the specifics.
#CBJ GM Jarmo Kekalainen knee deep right now, trying to move Marian Gaborik. Believe they're looking for immediate help on defense.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 4, 2014
Gaborik has had a problem staying healthy this season so his numbers don't look great -- six goals, seven assists in 21 games -- but he just returned to the lineup and has shown the past few years he's a more-than capable scorer. But fitting in his salary cap hit of $7.5 million will prove to be a challenge for a lot of teams if they're interested.
Apparently there is one potential suitor on the West Coast according to Portzline.
#LAKings are in on Gaborik. Nothing would spike their interest more than if #Ducks land Vanek.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 4, 2014
The Kings have been on the lookout for a scorer for a while so Gaborik fits that profile. The Vanek speculation really picked up with a bevy of Ducks moves on Tuesday, seemingly opening up space where they could try to fit somebody in like Vanek.