Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Columbus Blue Jackets have shipped three-time All-Star right wing Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings for right wing Matt Frattin and two draft picks, according to sources.
The 32-year-old Gaborik has appeared in just 22 games this season due to a collarbone injury, scoring six goals and 14 points.
This marked the second straight season that Gaborik has been dealt prior to the trade deadline. The Blue Jackets acquired Gaborik last season in a deal with the New York Rangers.
A three-time 40-goal scorer, Gaborik has 342 goals and 688 points in parts of 13 seasons with the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Minnesota Wild.
The Kings need some offensive help (they average 2.32 goals per game) and have to be hoping Gaborik finds his game so he can help them make a push for another Stanley Cup.
This isn’t the first time Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has gone to the Blue Jackets for offensive help.
Lombardi acquired Jeff Carter from Columbus shortly before the deadline in 2012. It turned out to be a major acquisition as Carter helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup a few months later.