For the second straight NHL trade deadline day, Slovakian sniper Marian Gaborik has been traded. The Los Angeles Kings acquired Gaborik today in exchange for depth forward Matt Frattin and two conditional draft picks.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) March 5, 2014
Gaborik has thrice scored more than 40 goals in a single NHL season – most recently in 2011-12 as a member of the New York Rangers.
Injuries have plagued the scoring winger’s 2013-14 campaign, but if his health is not an issue the rest of the season he will provide the Kings with the offensive boost they’ve been seeking.
Matt Frattin never really found his way with the Kings. He was acquired this past summer in the deal that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and has spent chunks of the season in the press box.
The Kings are only two years removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Much of the core that won a championship in 2012 is still in tact, and perhaps the addition of Gaborik will provide the Kings with the essential ingredient needed to reach another Stanley Cup Final.