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07-05-2006, 10:50 AM
The Big E
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Gaborik expected to file for arbitration which doesn't actually mean that much

Gaborik expected to go to arbitration

If a long-term deal isn't worked out by today, Wild right winger Marian Gaborik could elect to file for salary arbitration.

If he files, a hearing will be scheduled in Toronto sometime between July 20 and Aug. 4.

"I'd say we're expecting him to file," Wild assistant General Manager Tom Lynn said. "We've expected that for two years. It's not something that's a big deal because we can negotiate [a long-term deal until the hearing]."

If Gaborik goes through with arbitration, he would be awarded a one-year deal that could put him on the path to becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"I'm not ready to disclose yet whether we'll file," agent Ron Salcer said.

But Salcer concurred with Lynn, saying, "If something doesn't get done, filing doesn't preclude the fact we can still talk."

The 24-year-old Gaborik, who made $2.679 million last season, scored a career-high 38 goals, his third 30-goal season.



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