Kings sign Gaborik to 7-year contract
Updated On: Jun 25 2014 06:23:09 PM CDT
The Los Angeles Kings signed forward Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported an average annual value of $4.875 million.
Gaborik, 32, helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup by leading the NHL with 14 goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs and ranked fourth with 22 points. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Gaborik, who was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline on March 5, had 11 goals in 41 regular-season games, including five goals in 19 games with the Kings.
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 (minimum 10 regular-season goals).
Gaborik had three goals and five points in the Kings' seven-game Western Conference first-round series win against the San Jose Sharks, and he led all players with six goals and 10 points in their seven-game second-round series victory against the Anaheim Ducks. In that series, he scored both the tying and winning goals in Game 1, becoming the first player in playoffs history to post the tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation and then the winning goal in overtime.
Gaborik added another three goals and four points in the Kings' seven-game series win against the defending Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, and his goal late in the third period of Game 7 forced overtime, leading to Alec Martinez's game-winner.
Gaborik twice scored game-tying third-period goals against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, in Games 2 and 5, with both goals leading to overtime victories for the Kings. Gaborik finished his first-ever Stanley Cup Final with two goals and three points.
Gaborik, the third pick in the 2000 draft by the Minnesota Wild, has 347 career goals, 13th among active players. He also has 704 points in 810 career regular-season games for the Wild, Rangers, Blue Jackets and Kings. He has 32 goals and 57 points in 80 playoff games.
Gaborik was an All-Star in 2003, 2008 and 2012, and was named All-Star MVP in the 2012 game. He has scored at least 40 goals on three occasions and at least 30 goals four other times.
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