Marian Gaborik could be on the move once he’s healthy, and according to Eklund at HockeyBuzz.com, the Detroit Red Wings are among the teams that are interested in the sniper. This isn’t the first time a Gaborik trade rumor has surfaced this season—before he broke his collarbone on December 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Jackets were apparently taking some calls on the forward.
Since that injury, Columbus has surged into playoff contention and seems to have found an identity that has nothing to do with Gaborik. His contract expires at the end of this season, so he’d make for an excellent rental for a team looking to make a playoff push—or Detroit, in this case.
Making this potential swap interesting is that the Blue Jackets and Red Wings are currently doing battle for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has 62 points and holds the final Wild Card spot, while the Blue Jackets have 62 points and hold the final playoff seed in the wide open Metropolitan Division.
Could the two competing squads possibly come to an agreement while possibly gunning for the same Wild Card position? It certainly makes for one of the more interesting trade rumors out there. It’s unclear at this juncture exactly what Columbus would require in a Gaborik deal since he’s been so banged up this season, but Detroit is looking for scoring help and they could do much worse than the seven-time 30-goal scorer.
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