Kings acquire Marian Gaborik from Columbus
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.
In exchange, the Blue Jackets will get Matt Frattin and two conditional draft picks. The Kings will give up a second-round pick that originally belonged to Toronto. If the Kings win a playoff series or re-sign Gaborik, the Blue Jackets will also get a third-round pick. It's also being reported that Columbus will retain a significant portion of Gaborik's salary.
The 32-year-old winger has had an injury-plagued 2013-2014 season, missing a total of 39 games from injuries -- 17 with a sprained knee, and 22 with a broken collarbone. Despite that, he's still managed 14 points in 22 games this season.
If he stays healthy, he could be valuable for the Kings, who have been struggling offensively this season. The team sits 27th in the NHL in goals per game (2.32).
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