• Gaborik signs 7-year deal to stay with Kings

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Jun 25, 2014
    The Kings are the fourth NHL team for Gaborik, who also played for the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. So the question, of course, becomes: is Gaborik worth this kind of long-term investment? For the Kings, he absolutely is. And it’s also not an over-35 contract, so if Gaborik retires before the seven years are up, he’ll just come off the Kings’ books. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Gaborik joined Claude Lemieux of the 1996-97 Colorado Avalanche as the only players in NHL history to score more goals in the playoffs than the regular season . It became obvious, quite quickly, that his combination of skill and speed was a better fit for the Kings than it was for the grinding Jackets. In that series, he scored both the tying and winning goals in Game 1, becoming the first player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to post the tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation and then the winning goal in overtime.

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