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01-04-2009, 05:16 PM
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Would you trade Gomez for Gaborik in June?

Pierre LeBrun-ESPN

Gaborik's future
One last point from us on Marian Gaborik. Given that he's out until at least mid-March as he recovers from the hip surgery he'll have Monday, his trade value took a serious hit.

However, one NHL executive told us Saturday that perhaps the Wild could still move him to a team that's desperately trying to move a long-term salary. The theory is that some NHL GMs are feeling the heat from ownership to cut payroll moving forward because of the economic downturn. The trade would be apples for apples this season in terms of salary, but, obviously, Gaborik comes off the books after the season. Food for thought

Minnesota offered Gaborik $7-8 million per in a long term deal.Gomez is familiar with Jacques' system in Minny since the Devils still played Jacques system when Gomez was there.Minny is near Alaska so they wouldn't be one of the three teams on his NTC list.Minny will end up paying another group III very close to make Gomez makes.The Rangers receive salary cap relief for the future.The 2009-10 cap will remain status quo but the future cap in 10-11 could decrease.Maybe the Rangers could sign Gaborik to a 1 year deal for 09-10. If he wants to play in Vancouver or LA next season,the Rangers will still get the Gomez money off their books.It's interesting.Slats and Risebrough are old buds.

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