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Marian Gaborik's new contract is reportedly worth about $34.3 million over seven years.

In other words, Gaborik will come with a $4.9 million annual cap hit. Although the length of his contract has to be concerning from the Kings' perspective, they did a good job keeping his cap hit down. Gaborik could have likely gotten a meaningfully higher annual salary on the open market, but he likely settle for less for a longer contract and the knowledge that he'll be playing for a competitive squad.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

The Los Angeles Kings have inked Marian Gaborik to a seven-year extension.

The financial terms weren't immediately available. Gaborik has a lengthy injury history, so signing him to a seven-year deal is a huge risk for the Kings. Still, he sparked the Kings' offense after they acquired him from Columbus at the trade deadline and is one of the main reasons they won the Stanley Cup. They might end up regretting this move in a few years, but there's no question that they're a better team going into the 2014-15 campaign with him on board.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

Marian Gaborik is reportedly close to agreeing to a new contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

A source told ESPN.com on Tuesday, that the two sides have made good strides in the the past three to four days, but the deal isn't finished yet. Other teams can start talking with Gaborik on Wednesday, but it looks like he'll be staying in Los Angeles.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly offered Marian Gaborik a three-year deal.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that the deal is worth $5 million annually, but CBC's Elliotte Friedman thinks it's in the ballpark of $5.5 million to $5.6 million per. Either way, Gaborik would likely have to accept less money than he'd get as a free agent if he wants to stay in Los Angeles.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

The Los Angeles Kings and the agent for Marian Gaborik continue to negotiate towards a new contract before the start of free agency on July 1.

Ron Salcer is the agent for Gaborik who is entitled to become an unrestricted free agent next week but acknowledges that Gaborik wants to return. "I think Marian enjoyed, not just the time here, but everything about the experience," Salcer said on Sunday. "I think to continue that is something he would like and the team would like. So I would hope we could come to a meeting of the minds and get that done." Stay tuned.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

Kings captain Dustin Brown naturally thinks very highly of what Marian Gaborik brought to the table during the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning run.

Los Angeles struggled offensively until they acquired Gaborik at the trade deadline. "It took pressure off of Kopi and slotted Stolly at the three spot at center and it evened things out," Brown said. "That was two years ago, and now Carts has moved to center. It's all about slotting guys in the right position. When we brought in Carts, it took the pressure off of Kopi and Justin and me and all the guys who were expected to score goals, because now we had Carts to score goals. It was just another addition of that." Gaborik is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer though and the Kings will have a tough time signing him given their cap situation.

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The Los Angeles Kings have reached out to Marian Gaborik about a possible contract extension.

Gaborik helped revitalize the Kings' offense and helped them win the Stanley Cup, so it would be surprising if they didn't want him back. That being said, the Kings don't have a lot of wiggle room with the salary cap, so signing him might be a challenge. There's been some speculation that the Kings might use a compliance buyout on Mike Richards and if they did that, it would certainly free up enough money for them to ink Richards.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

Acquiring Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline was a major factor in the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup victory.

Gaborik started off a bit slow with the Kings during the regular season but more than made up for it during the playoffs with a league-leading 14 goals, including the game-tying goal in the third period of Game 5 to send the game into overtime. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and his performance in the Cup playoffs should earn him a nice contract.

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Marian Gaborik tallied his 14th goal of the playoffs in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Gaborik's score tied the game at 2-2 on a third-period power play. He finished first among all players in the postseason in goals after scoring 11 markers in 41 matches during the regular season. The Kings made him the third carrier of the Stanley Cup during their celebration and the team's management group should be expected to do everything they can to re-sign him in the off-season. Gaborik can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Marian Gaborik RW LA 2 Months

Forward Marian Gaborik, who leads the NHL with 13 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, spent three-plus seasons with the Rangers before general manager Glen Sather traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2013 NHL trade deadline in exchange for forwards Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard and defenseman John Moore.

Gaborik scored 114 goals and 229 points in 255 regular-season games with the Rangers. He added six goals and 13 points in 25 postseason games. He and the Los Angeles Kings will be at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night. "This is my first time coming back to the Garden after I got traded [by the Rangers], so I'm going to see the Garden after all the renovations for the first time as well," Gaborik said. "They have great fans and they'll be supporting them. They're going to come out hard. I don't think I've met or talked to any player who didn't like to play at the Garden. The building has a lot of history and everybody that goes to play there has that extra jump. Just looking at the building, it has an energy. You want to be in there and want to just play. Our guys will have energy and want to play strong."