Two years after acquiring Jeff Carter in a pre-deadline deal that helped propel them to their first Stanley Cup, the Kings completed a deadline day trade with Columbus on Wednesday that nets them forward Marian Gaborik, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. In return, the Kings are sending forward Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick to Columbus.
According to McKenzie, the Blue Jackets are also picking up a significant portion of Gaborik's remaining salary. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
For as good as Los Angeles has been defensively this season, and for as much as they dominate puck possession, they simply have not been able to find the back of the net entering Wednesday averaging just 2.32 goals per game, 27th in the league. It's pretty much been a mirror image of their 2011-12 season.
Typically, that sort of offensive production is not anywhere near good enough to win the Stanley Cup.
That's where Gaborik comes in. Injuries have limited him to just 22 games this season, and he has just six goals in the games he's played for the Blue Jackets, but the talent and ability are certainly there and he's just one year removed from scoring 40 goals in the league.
For Gaborik, it's the second year in a row that he has been part of a deadline day trade. Last year the New York Rangers sent him to Columbus for Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard and John Moore.