The Blue Jackets sent Marian Gaborik to the Kings in exchange for Matt Frattin, a second round pick, and a conditional third round pick. The initial reaction from Blue Jackets fans was dismay that that is all Columbus got in exchange for a high talent forward that they spent dearly for last trade deadline. Remember, Marian Gaborik sent fan favorite Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, and John Moore to the New York Rangers.
Let’s face it, the trade for Marian Gaborik is one Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen would like to have back. The Blue Jackets fell just shy of the playoffs last season, and Gaborik has spent the majority of the 2013-14 season on the IR. It was very unlikely that they would look to resign Gaborik over the summer. Therefore, the Jackets needed to move Gaborik today to avoid having him walk away for nothing.
On the Kings ends of things, this is a potentially good deal. When Gaborik is healthy, he is a dynamic offensive force, and could help wake up a stagnant Los Angeles offense. It’s that healthy bit that has plagued Gaborik throughout his career. Either way, they got a high talent forward at a relatively low price. Fratten had been a healthy scratch in the last few games, and the draft picks should not keep Kings fans up at night. If Marian Gaborik can gel with the rest of the Kings lineup, he could be a big part of a playoff run.
Immediately after the trade, Columbus fans tried to justify it by saying Gaborik never really fit in with the Jackets system. While this could be true, last year’s trade was made on the belief that Gaborik is the type of player you build around. Today, the Blue Jackets front office made the best of a bad decision they made last year.