Kings GM Dean Lombardi is reportedly looking at upgrades beyond Ben Bishop.
Per TVA, L.A. is trying to trade veteran winger Marian Gaborik with the goal of upgrading the active roster. The news comes with the 35-year-old only recently snapping a nine-game scoring slump, and fresh off a healthy scratch in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Anaheim.
Moving Gaborik won’t be easy.
He’s in the third of a seven-year, $34.125 million deal with a $4.875M average annual cap hit. It doesn’t expire until 2021 — when Gaborik will be 39 years old — and is one of the biggest albatrosses Lombardi currently has on the books (the other would be Dustin Brown‘s eight-year, $47 million deal, which runs through 2022).
Gaborik missed a bit of time this year to a broken foot, limiting him to 40 games. He has seven goals and 15 points, while averaging just a shade over 15 minutes per night.
There have to be major concerns about his decreased production over the last two years — since scoring 27 goals in his first full season in L.A., the veteran Slovak netted 12 last year and is only on pace for 10 this year.
If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Gaborik doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement clause to hinder any deal.