May 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy (6) reach for the puck in the first period in game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins Trade Targets: Marian Gaborik Likely to Stay in LA


Marian Gaborik Out of Bruins’ Range

With Jarome Iginla on the fence about staying in Boston due to the B’s financial workings, Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik has surfaced as a conceivable trade option for the Bruins.

Gaborik came to the Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 5 prior to the trade deadline.

A lethal goalscorer brandishing a top-tier wrist shot, the 32-year-old also demonstrates excellent speed, elusiveness and stick skills. He’s the type of player, a speedster essentially, that the Bruins need. His acquisition may actually play out better than Iginla’s signing down the road, accounting for Gaborik’s great playoff series in comparison to a mediocre spell by Iginla.

It’s easy to like future Hall-of-Famer’s time in Boston, though, based on his great regular season stats; he topped the team in goals, tied for 30 scores with reliable alternate captain Patrice Bergeron. The Minnesota Wild’s NHL Draft pick in 2000 would improve the Bruins, nonetheless.

The Kings, unfortunately, look well on their way to a Stanley Cup birth after taking a 3-1 series advantage over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, and Gaborik’s contribution (leading the team with 10 postseason goals, third on the team in points) has helped propel LA to such standing.

Don’t be surprised to see the Kings want Marian Gaborik back. As is customary in professional sports, monetary assets often turn into teams’ No.1 priority.

According to Cap Geek, the Bruins will have a heaping dose of $6 million, Iginla’s significant performance bonuses, count against the salary cap next season. Peter Chiarelli has over $9 million in cap space, so with a guy like Gaborik, earning a straight salary of $7.5 million right now, it could be tricky to negotiate an incentive-laden contract, even if the Bruins were ready to inflict the majority of his money against 2015/16′s cap.

The Kings have roughly $13 million in bank and no unrestricted free agents that will deduct greater than $3.5 million. Thus, from a business standpoint, keeping Marian Gaborik should appear more logical to LA’s front office than Boston’s. And his addition may prove difficult to overcome for the Bruins, unless they find a creative way to stretch his earnings to next year.

When push comes to shove, Iginla’s return isn’t a bad call. Gaborik’s not necessarily the final answer. But one thing is certain: The Bruins will necessitate finesse, dynamic skaters to grab Lord Stanley’s hardware in 2015.

Tags: Boston Bruins Jarome Iginla Marian Gaborik Patrice Bergeron

  • Willy

    The B’s need to get faster & they also need to start watching how much $ they give each player as it’s starting to hurt them, prevent them from signing a great player that could potentially push them over the edge. I’m not saying that player is Gaborik but I wouldnt re-sign Iggy unless 1. he takes less money, 2. he’s willing to go to the 2nd line because we need more of a sniper on the first line.
    The B’s could always create more cap space by trading some players, keep an eye on: McQuaid, Boychuk, Campbell (and them not re-signing Thorty), Marshy, perhaps more (And I’m not saying they will move all of them).
    If PC could find a way to create more space, get Iggy for what I said above & add a sniper to the 1st line & also add better quality depth to the D-line, he’d have the correct recipe for a Championship team.

    • Duncan Day

      Agreed, and that’s when, you’re right, Thornton, McQuaid and Campbell, may have to go. Getting both Iginla and Gaborik would definitely require a good amount of work moving players by Chiarelli.

      • Willy

        Yes, not impossible but not easy either. I’m not sure if they like Gaborik or not & I dont see him commanding the same type of salary he had before but… I do know that theyve shown interest ( in the past) for Mike Cammalleri, who I would consider a finisher as well, nose for the net, always around the net, very good shot… if they could sign him for decent money but not over-the-top money for lets say 2 years I think he could give that 1st line a different feel…. The other person(s) to keep an eye on are Vanek and Moulson. Matt skates better than Thomas but both are dangerous around the net.
        The area I’m wondering the most about is on Defense. Will they still be able to trade for Edler? Who I want. Id also love to sign Stralman (Can never have too many Swede’s), who I’d prefer over Miller & McQuaid on the right side. For me someone like Miller or Bart- should be used as the 7th, non-dress defenseman and only used when there is an injury. They were both exposed during the playoffs and that lack of quality depth (with speed) shined very brightly in a negative way.

        • Duncan Day

          I definitely think Edler would be a good guy to have, and true, I would take Stralman over Bart or Miller because we need those puck movers, and I think Stralman has them beat in that sense.

        • Matt

          Miller is a really good, (will-be) great defensive player. The Bruins even looked significantly weaker during the DET series game he didn’t play. Miller has a bright future with this team. Not playing him would be one of the dumbest moves.
          - Miller > Bart is no debate. They already have a small puck-moving D-man in Krug who makes plays, and actually scores. Trade or sit Bart.

          • Willy

            IMO you are way overvaluing Miller. He is a bottom pair defenseman and no more. It is highly unlikely he will ever become more and he was completely exposed in the playoffs. Please dont confuse his physical play as being a great defender as he’s equal to McQuaid, another bottom Dman. Please learn how to read advanced defensive stats like Corsi & or Fenwick, they will show you just how mediocre he really is. Bartkowski has far better defensive stats to Miller but still has a lot to learn. But given his skating ability, he has a far greater upside than Miller. McQuaid may be the only Dman moved this off season but we’ll see. I’m not sure who you’re calling “small” all of the Dmen, minus Krug, are all 6-1″ or bigger. The only other little guys are in Providence (Warsofsky and Grzelcyk).

          • Matt

            Oh damn my bad i didnt realize Bart was 6-1. Wow thats even worse haha he plays like a small guy. But keep in mind this was Millers 1st season man… Got alot to learn as well. And to single out “Miller” was exposed in the playoffs … the WHOLE TEAM (except for Krug and Hamilton ill say) were exposed! I can only recall 1 play Miller was real bad on and thats the game 4 i believe when the Bs got smacked. But Rask shoulda bailed him out but of course couldn’t.
            1 on 1 battles though Miller can and has made plays. And he is very physical.
            Id take him over Mcquaid easily. Id even be fine with just Mcquaid moving.
            - I rarely even go by stats though, i go by what i see on the ice…

          • Willy

            There was the game 6 or 7 play where Miller moved the puck right in front of Rask and a Montreal player tapped it home for a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play. Krug was exposed as well and finished the Playoffs (and despite his scoring) as a Negative player. Yes all these young Dmen have alot to learn but they have a ceiling as well. The problem with simply going by your eyes and not following stats is the camera doesnt always show the mistakes that a player makes that sets up a scoring opportunity (for the opponent) or a goal scored against. The only time you really get to see this is if Brickley breaks it down and since he doesnt announce past the first round we rarely get to see all the breakdowns. When I suggested that the B’s should add Edler and Stralman, yes it would force players like Miller… to be the “extra” Dman but it would also severely help the B’s Defense. If someone like Seidenberg were to go down again it wouldnt hurt nearly as much as if we didnt have Edler and Stralman. If PC doesnt add these (or alike Dmen) then he is a fool and doesnt learn from mistakes as the B’s have lacked good, quality, depth Dmen for a while now. I would rather spend the money and or trade for Defense, then spending a ton on the offense and getting little to none on Defense.

          • Matt

            Yea thats the only play im talking about, i thought it was game 4 though. And Rask STILL coulda saved it if he really was a $7mil goalie. Of course you do have to look at stats, of course. Im just saying i actually personally see ALOT with my eyes that i feel like few other people see.(Even Brick) Trust me, i do see every little detail. Stuff happens all the time i dont hear anyone talk about.
            - But if they were to bring in a PROVEN, good defender, better than Miller i wouldn’t be upset. I just dont want to see a “Bartkowski” or “potter” replace him.
            -But they HAVE TO address their lack of finishing. Need to get younger and faster in Iggs spot.
            -But i will say you are feeding far too much on the +/- . KRUG was the single best player on that Bruins team throughout the Habs series and probably whole post-season. FACT! He was setting guys up left and right and they just could not finish.
            Krug is the single last guy you should get on. Id get on how bad Chara looked before him man. Honestly, i might even go as far to say ( on defense at least) Chara (his age) may have been exposed more than anybody..

          • Willy

            Yes Rask did not play up to his paycheck and yes Chara was awful through out almost the whole Playoffs. He has gotten so slow that if it were me (and I get beat up for this comment all the time) I would move him, yup, trade Chara as I dont feel as though he is the top defender he used to be and stat was it shows a rapid decline. Most people would rather gouge your eyes out then say it may be time to trade Big Z.
            I agree they must address the “finishing” category and that doesnt include having Iggy on the top line. If they want him back he should go to the 2nd line and it would have to be for far less money. If he still wants $6m (bonuses or not) then forget it. IMO they need 2 scoring wingers and on the 4th line (in place of Thorty) they can stick a Providence kid in there, like Florek who I felt played pretty well most of the time.

          • Matt

            this comment goes for this and the other. And let me say btw THANK YOU for not being one of these delusional Bruins fans who thinks everythings good and the management makes no mistakes.
            -Perfectly said though, i wouldnt mind them keeping him til the deadline see if he improves. But if theres a deal to be made that will make them better they have to do it.

            I was a fan of trading Seguin he was painful to watch @ times and if they brought Pev. back not sure if i would have watched. Haha. BUT i personally think they could have gotten a FAR BETTER return! Loui nor Smith are really “game-changers”. ( Not sure how i feel about Smith yet) But i do like what Loui does when he does not have the puck(underrated imo) Hes always by the net, and he can make good passes. But he has sort of “Stone-Hands” and feel like he is scared to shoot often. So they could have done better on a return, most deff.
            ( and is it just me and my people or do you feel like the Bruins could bring in Ovechken and hed become a 20G scorer?) Haha idk i feel like Claude limits guys from their full potential. Im not a big Claude fan either and these playoffs solidified that opinion for me). I dont think he did nearly enough to bring out the full potential in his team. Wether its not switching up the lines, to playing Caron most of the time, to putting the 4th line out in crucial situations.

            -Ughh that scares the Sh*t outta me too! That “Presidents Trophy” Jack Edwards was so thrilled about didnt even bring them to the Conference Finals, so i PRAY they dont put to much emphasis on the reg season. -Which goes back to my point JJ needs to bring in management who knows what their doing. Lets be honest, If it wasnt for Thomas in 11′ we wouldn’t even have that Cup to bounce back on.
            -and yeaaa i wouldnt trade Chara just yet. Just his presence out there is significant. Claude just needs to actually LIMIT his minutes and maximize potential.
            -and i agree on your last points, except id even say get rid of Campbell and throw Spooner and florek/Fraser down there with Kelly.

            -Btw Soderberg is a gem huh!? What a find he was. Ill give management credit on that pick up.

          • Willy

            No problem, I am a realist not a Homer that is for sure and Ive been watching the B’s for over 40 years so….
            Yes Sod’s is a good player and he plays for Cheap!
            As for Claude, oh boy, first let me give him credit, his defensive system is good but like any “system” it isnt perfect and can be broken. I do blame Claude for not doing enough and it is a coaches Job to get the most out of his players. There were far too many games and Playoff games in which he had several players not playing up to potential, this cannot be, ever. If these players arent motivated on their own and Claude cant get them going, especially in the Playoffs, then there is something severly wrong. PC must figure out what went wrong and make the necessary changes, whether its players or coaches or both. It does no good to continue to bring all the same ingredients back year in and year out and expect a different result, that is the definition of Insanity.

            As for Loui, I dont consider him to have stone hands but I will say the coaching staff told their players to shoot high glove side on Price. Unfortunately they were extremely inaccurate and shot most of the shots over the net or off the cross bar. A player I consider to have stone hands, that basically scores most of his goals from the door step is Lucic. Even Iginla couldnt get long distant shots to go in.

            Soupy only has 1 year left on his deal so I think they’ll keep him for now. He’s a good leader but not the best Face-off guy. Id like to see how he performs with better, faster wingers. Id hate to lose him at this point because the past year or so we’ve lost a few of our Penalty Killers (Peverley in trade, Kelly to injury), if they trade Marshy and/or Loui, that would leave Bergy and Soupy as the only PK forwards, that isnt enough.

            As for Caron, he is a RFA this Summer and I am hoping PC non-tenders him, making him a Free Agent for someone else to sign. I hope to God they dont bring him back, worst 1st round pick in the history of the draft. Why Claude ever played him above Spooner… is beyond my comprehension and boggles my mind.

          • Matt

            Exactly! Everyone calls me negative but i just call it how I see it.
            We are pretty much on the same page. Looch may have stone hands lol but im hoping they keep him for awhile, I just like what he brings all around. (and still did tie for 2nd in Gs in the post season so ..)
            And seriously though every single game i was scratching my head til i bled. Claude likes the “GRINDERS” thats why. And thats where he needs to change. He needs to allow a goal scorer to be a goal scorer. Not every player gets gritty on the boards and scraps. Spooner may not have even had a goal but from what i seen the kids fast and is a play-maker.
            If the Bruins dont sign Caron id be willing to bet he’s out of the league. They’re the only team that would see value in a guy like that.

          • Willy

            I couldnt agree more. Good talking Bruins hockey with you.

          • Matt

            Likewise.

          • bruinfan

            You mean ripping on Bruins hockey

          • bruinfan

            You are real flip flopper not a realist. You have been watching hockey for over 40 years and you still don’t know about hockey and think you are always right. Being loyal and believing people make mistakes does not make one a homer

          • bruinfan

            Your the fool GM Willy

          • Matt

            @ the end of the day though, IMO, I’d blame their lack of scoring, goaltending, and coaching before their D as to why they lost.

          • Willy

            The coaching was indeed poor and I thought Claude was foolish for not mixing up the lines.
            As for the offense, it was there but they didnt always finish and many of the forwards were overcome by Montreals speed. I would like to see them add a better skating sniper aka “Finisher” for Krejci’s line but PC has to clear some payroll first. It should be interesting to see who he may be willing to move to get more payroll and whether he sees this finisher as a priority or not.
            As for clearing payroll, they wont be able to move Kelly, so the other higher paid guys are: Chara, Lucic, Marchand, Eriksson. Would they trade any of these guys? Cant wait to find out.

          • Matt

            Great way to put it. Of all those guys id like to see em move and think they should is Marchy. 2 playoff runs in a row he has slacked, missedd a bunch of open netters, racked up tons of penalty mins, and built himself a bad rep.(thus hurting his value) If they traded Seguin for his 1 bad run Marchy better be gone. ( but like i said idk how much value he really has)
            -I could go either way on Loui. 8gs was very disappointing though

          • Willy

            I’m stuck on whether I want Marchy moved or not, I guess the best way to put it is; if they are able to get a proper return, it made them faster, more dangerous, then Yes trade him but not for a slower player as you’re defeating half the purpose of moving him. Id love to trade him for a high 1st round pick if possible, then your not taking on payroll and have a better chance of getting who you want for the future.
            PC, even though Ive liked most of his off season moves, made a big mistake when he traded speed guys like Seguin and Peverley… and got slower in the process. Its not that I wanted to keep those two or anyone else he traded that had speed but you have to be careful with whom you select in return, will he fit in?, is he fast enough? Is he ready to compete on a perrenial Playoff team? These are all questions he needs to ask himself before saying yes to a player. The type of players I’m referring to are Smith and Eriksson. Smith is still learning, growing, not sure he was the best choice to replace Seguin but I do hold out hope he will improve. Loui used to skate much faster when he was in Dallas, where did his skating ability go? Cause he looked slow as **** out there at times. I like Loui and felt as though his concussions really slowed him down production wise (by the way he had 10 goals in the regular season and 2 in the Playoffs) but if he cant skate faster he becomes a liability in th end.

            As for money, yes PC has overpayed several players, Rask, Lucic, Kelly all overpaid and Chara’s length of contract is way way too long.

            As for stats like +/-, I actually hate that stat but cant completely discount it either. For the record I dont place a ton of importance in that particular stat but like I said, it cant be completely discounted. When a player has a Negative +/- I usually go to expanded stats to see if its more his fault or his teammates (thats where Corsi and Fenwick come in handy).

            A worry of mine, unless their BS’ing us is that PC and or Neely said that they may a couple of “tweaks” but no major changes. I disagree and they are placing far too much value on what they did in the regular season. The regular season means NOTHING and I wish they could see that. Just look at LA, the year they won the Cup they just snuck in to the Playoff mix, same this year and their playing pretty well against a team that won the Cup last year. PC and or Neely need to see that its how you perform in the Playoffs that matter and thats how you should build or rebuild your team. If they bring back everyone but Thorty and McQuaid lets say, then how is the team getting any better? How will they beat the faster teams like Montreal?

          • bruinfan

            You could just watch them you get a proper read on them every time. All stats lie in one way or another. They don’t get the full picture with stats but if you know what to look for you don’t need them. You rely on stats but not wins in regular season. You need wins in the regular season to get to the playoffs. So saying that it means nothing you once again are talking out of both sides of your mouth. You make me laugh with your inconsistency.

          • bruinfan

            I would like to see you be consistent with what you say and not all over the place. You disagree with yourself don’t you. The only thing you have been consistent about is your disdain for all things Claude.

          • bruinfan

            So your saying he is a depth guy. You say you want those guys but you want to get rid of the ones we have that can get the job done against the 3rd and 4th lines. Once again talking out of both sides of your mouth. Do you watch the games or just read all the stats. They are another way to quantify what is seen on the ice not the only thing.

    • bruinfan

      You don’t change everything because you lost to an inferior team. Little changes not big would be more beneficial to the bruins. Why watch Boychuk he is solid and should go nowhere. So Iginla is a sniper but not a pure goal scorer. Once again you are all over the place. You know nothing and that last sentence is proof. Iginla is a me first player and we only got him because their were no other options at that point and we needed an accountable first line player. You do not know what a recipe is if that is what you think.

  • Matt

    Jeremy Jacobs needs to bring management in that knows what the hell their doing.