Those were far bigger deals for the talented winger. Monday night’s game against the
Gaborik’s stay in Columbus – 34 games over parts of two seasons – was like a brief pit stop, unlike his tenures with the
"I really didn't spend a whole lot of time here," Gaborik said after Monday's morning skate. "I really enjoyed the guys. They have a good team, I think, going in the right direction."
What kind of reception is Gaborik expecting?
"I can't control it. We'll see," he said. "I've played in these situations before. I'm not really thinking about that. I know I've been hurt a lot. But I've done my job here.
"I waived my no-trade clause to come here, so I showed them that I wanted to come here. I hope the fans appreciated that. We'll see. Leave it up to them."
This is the finale of the Kings’ five-game trip and they will be without defenseman