Wednesday evening. I think it was around 8.30 pm here in Germany. I was watching the live stream of the NHL Trade Deadline Countdown. There it popped up. “Gaborik to Kings”. So simple but so meaningful to me. Three words I´ve waited for for a long time.
As soon as I read that I contacted my buddy to tell him about this trade. The answer spoke from my heart :“YYYEEEEEEEEES!!!”, and some minutes after that: “What do we get in return?”
So let me break down this trade of a player that never really fitted into our system or style of play.
The Gaborik-Deal from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets was one of the worst in my opinion. Giving John Moore, Derick Brassard and (especially) Derek Dorsett for Marian Gaborik is no good Deal in my book.
Talking Derek Dorsett he is the one who stood for our style of playing hockey. Tough and gritty (<?).
So we traded toughness for (obviously) scoring. Let´s see what Gaborik accomplished here in Central Ohio. In two seasons he made 34 games and blast 9 goals and 13 assists. Most of the time I saw him more on the Injury reserve list than on the scoring-sheet.
I don´t want to destroy Gaborik here. I think he is a talented hockey player. The thing is he just never get used to play for Columbus. I think he had a sigh of relief when he heard that he has to book a flight to south California. I wish him all the best with the Los Angeles Kings and hope he found his home for a long period of time.
That said, what do we get in return for him? First we get a second-round draft pick and a conditional third-round pick. So far so good. On the Player side we get right wing Matt Frattin.
Well, not the caliber I expected but I think we have to think on the future. With being 26 I think he will have a lot in store for us. In four NHL Seasons he made 123 games, 17 Goals and 17 Assists.
I´m willing to give him a chance. What I do with every player that comes to our system. His first game for us in Chicago was not his Highlight-Game. But I think many players on that roster could say that about what happened Thursday night…
The future just started for us. The chapter “Gaborik” is closed. Let´s go and see what will happen next!