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Mar 5, 2014

Trade Report: Kings acquire Gaborik in a move that defies logic

By on 5:42 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a deal that defies logic, and common sense. Given the price the Kings paid for Gaborik, they could have done better, for the same output.

By giving up Matt Frattin, a second round pick, and a conditional third round pick, the Kings could have come up with a better fit for their roster than Gaborik. Gaborik, who's history says that he can be extremely effective in an atmosphere in which speed and offence are the primary theme, and that is not the style of play that coach Darryl Sutter preaches. The Kings are a defence first, score when officious, and win 2-1.

Gaborik does not fit into that style of play, he would have been a much better fit with the Penguins, or a team that plays a similar style, there is no scenario in which he can thrive with the Kings. This will go down as one of the worst deals made at this years deadline, by a team that paid to bring in an impact player, who will make no impact.

Given the players that could have been a better fit for the Kings, it is of course possible that teams were aware of what the Kings were in the market for, and were attempting to try and rob the Kings blind, and general manager Dean Lombardi, opted to make the easy deal, but it would have been better if he made no deal at all, instead of the deal that he did make for Gaborik.



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