It took several years and a stop in New York and a more recent move to Columbus, but
Gaborik was interested in the
That was not the only move of the day for the surging Kings, just the biggest one. Earlier, they shored up their depth chart on the back end in a trade with the
McNabb, who was the focal point of the deal for the Kings, will report to their
A bit of history: The Kings were in the lengthy rebuilding process when Gaborik was interested in Los Angeles.
"I didn't feel the timing was right," Lombardi said in a telephone interview. "I wanted to get other things done first. I think we're in a position now where we can feel good about taking him and he wants to be here. This isn't a [
Gaborik and Vanek, who was traded from the
"I'm looking forward to this new challenge," Gaborik said to the Canadian network TSN, on his way to the airport. "It's been a hectic day. But this a fresh start. ... All that [the injuries] is behind me. I'm looking forward to help the team as best I can."
The 32-year-old had 14 points in 22 games with Columbus this season and was out for 22 games because of a broken collarbone, which forced him to miss the Sochi Olympics for his native Slovakia.
The Blue Jackets will keep about 50% of Gaborik's pay, the maximum allowable under league rules. Also, the picks heading to Columbus are a second-round draft choice in 2014 or 2015 and a conditional third-rounder.
Frattin's tenure with the Kings was short and unsuccessful. He came to the Kings from the Maple Leafs in the
"It's a business and that's what happens," Frattin said. "It's going to be tough leaving this group of guys. At the same time, hopefully get a lot more ice time there. It's fresh start and they're a good team in the playoff hunt."
Frattin, who had six points in 40 games, had been a healthy scratch the last four games.
"It's not only his speed, but he can really make something out of nothing on a broken play, turn it into a goal," Richards said. "With his speed, he backs everybody off, making everyone aware of it. You don't want to get burned. He'll help us. We're probably a better team today than we were yesterday."
If Lombardi had brought Gaborik to Los Angeles in the 2009-10 season, the demands and expectations would have been different. Gaborik instead went from Minnesota to the Rangers and scored 42 goals that season.
"No offense — he has played on good teams — he really hasn't had a player like [
"He doesn't have to come in here and be the man. That's what I like. You don't have to be the centerpiece. Just fit in and play. Everywhere he's gone, he's had to be the box-office guy.
"Our box office is winning. We have other top players where you just can fit in and not worry about the billboard stuff. A lot of players at his stage would welcome that."
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Etc.: Kings center Linden Vey was sent back to minor league Manchester (N.H.), primarily because of the salary-cap situation.