Gaborik, 32, led the NHL in goals scored in the Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to helping the Kings win their second Cup in three years when they dispatched the New York Rangers in a five-game series. He had 14 goals and eight assists in 26 games.
Gaborik just finished a five-year deal that carries a $7.5 million cap hit he signed with the Rangers and it was reported earlier this week by Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun that the Kings offered the three-time All-Star a three-year deal worth $15, so the extra four years attached to his deal all but guarantees that he will finish his career in Los Angeles.
Very excited to be a part of great team and great organization #LAKings for the next 7years.
— Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik10) June 25, 2014
Had you told me Gaborik would sign a seven-year deal this offeseason as recently as the All-Star break, I’d have said you were crazy, the former No. 3 pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft has had a history of injury dating back to his time with the Minnesota Wild, Rangers and this season with the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to his deadline day trade to the Kings.
However, he found a home with the Kings and the chemistry he showed with Anze Kopitar on the top line was an integral part to the Kings winning the Cup. He played in 19 games for the Kings, recording five goals and 11 assists for 16 points and had 30 overall when you combine his stats with the Blue Jackets, but his postseason heroics greatly enhanced his negotiating power.