Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi knew his team needed a productive left wing in order to go far this season and he knew Columbus winger Marian Gaborik might be available, but Lombardi had season-long salary cap problems and Gaborik's salary was $7.5 million.
To make a trade work and keep the Kings under the cap, Columbus would have to keep some of Gaborik's remaining salary. "Because they could only take 50% we were within $50,000 of making it," Lombardi said.
Lombardi acquired Gaborik on March 5, and if the rest isn't quite history, it illustrates the maneuvering necessary to sustain excellence in a salary-cap system.
Without Gaborik, whose nine goals is...