The Kings went back to one of their favorite trading partners -- the
It was the biggest move for the surging Kings, who have won five straight games, on what has been a hectic trade-deadline day. They are obviously hoping the same circumstances are triggered after a deal with the Blue Jackets, the way it unfolded after they traded for
That was the biggest and final piece of the Kings’
The price, obviously, was not as high for the 32-year-old Gaborik, who has struggled with injuries this season. He only recently returned off injured reserve, having missed 22 games because of a broken collarbone.
That injury forced Gaborik, of Slovakia, to miss the Olympics in Sochi. He has six goals and eight assists in 22 games. His career-high season of 42 goals came in 2009-10 with the New York Rangers.
The Kings have long been intrigued by Gaborik, a potential game-breaker who has the ability to create something out of nothing.