Saturday, July 13, 2013

2014 NHL Free Agents - Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik is set to become an NHL free agent in July of 2014. The current Columbus Blue Jacket, via trade with the New York Rangers in 2013, has a cap hit of $7.5 million according to capgeek.com.

In 47 games during the 2012-13 regular season, Gaborik notched 27 points, 12 of which were goals. Over his NHL career, the 31 year-old forward has amassed 674 points in 769 regular season games. He has also put 18 pucks in the net during 54 playoff contests.

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
2000-01 18 MIN 71 18 18 36 -6 32 12 6 0 3 179 10.1 15:26
2001-02 19 MIN 78 30 37 67 0 34 20 10 0 4 221 13.6 16:47
2002-03 20 MIN 81 30 35 65 12 46 24 5 1 8 280 10.7 17:24
2003-04 21 MIN 65 18 22 40 10 20 15 3 0 4 220 8.2 18:17
2005-06 23 MIN 65 38 28 66 6 64 26 10 2 7 252 15.1 18:26
2006-07 24 MIN 48 30 27 57 12 40 17 12 1 7 196 15.3 19:38
2007-08 25 MIN 77 42 41 83 17 63 30 11 1 8 278 15.1 19:36
2008-09 26 MIN 17 13 10 23 3 2 10 2 1 2 68 19.1 19:60
2009-10 27 NYR 76 42 44 86 15 37 27 14 1 4 272 15.4 21:15
2010-11 28 NYR 62 22 26 48 8 18 15 7 0 4 192 11.5 18:05
2011-12 29 NYR 82 41 35 76 15 34 31 10 0 7 276 14.9 19:31
2012-13 30 TOT 47 12 15 27 -3 14 11 1 0 5 151 7.9 18:31
2012-13 30 NYR 35 9 10 19 -8 8 8 1 0 4 113 8.0 18:40
2012-13 30 CBJ 12 3 5 8 5 6 3 0 0 1 38 7.9 18:05
Career 769 336 338 674 89 404 238 91 7 63 2585 13.0 18:28
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/13/2013.

Outlook
While Columbus may have the financial wherewithal to sign Gaborik to a deal with an AAV similar to what he currently has, it is not likely. Unless, of course, he has a career year and scores a net full of goals in the 2013-14 season, with the Blue Jackets making the playoffs.  He can certainly produce.  It's a matter of how much he produces and the value his offense brings to a team, that will determine the dollar value of his next contract, and whether or not it is with Columbus or another team in need of a goal scorer.

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