NHL champion Kings ink Gaborik to seven-year contract

AFP
Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his third period goal with teammates against the New York Rangers during Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
.

View photo

Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his third period goal with teammates against the New York Rangers during Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California (AFP Photo/Harry How)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Marian Gaborik signed a seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, just 12 days after leading the National Hockey League club to the Stanley Cup title.

The 32-year-old Slovakian right wing scored a league-high 14 goals in the NHL playoffs, which ended with the Kings beating the New York Rangers for their second title in three seasons.

Gaborik, who would have become a free agent had he not signed the deal, took his first championship in a 14-year NHL career that saw earlier stints with Minnesota, Columbus and the Rangers.

"Very excited to be a part of great team and great organization LAKings for the next 7years," Gaborik posted on Twitter.

In an injury-nagged regular season, Gaborik managed only 11 goals in 41 games, but joined Colorado's Claude Lemieux as the only NHL players to ever score more playoff goals than regular season ones while netting at least 10 in the same campaign.

Gaborik scored five goals in 19 games with the Kings after being obtained in a March 5 trade with Columbus.

In 810 career regular-season games, Gaborik has netted 347 goals while adding 32 goals in 80 playoff appearances. He also played for Slovakia in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

View Comments (1)