NEWS/ANALYSIS: The Los Angeles Kings made quite the splash on Trade Deadline Day 2014, with the acquisition of high-powered sniper Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Was this a good trade for the Kings? A bad one? Does it push them ahead of the pack of legitimate Stanley Cup contenders? For answers to these questions, and for comments on the deal from Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi, read on…
Newly-acquired winger Marian Gaborik made his
Los Angeles Kings debut during a 3-1 win at
Winnipeg on March 6, 2014.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Now former Los Angeles Kings
right wing Matt Frattin
was skating during the Kings’ March 5 practice when the news broke that he had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets
, along with a 2014 or 2015 second round draft pick (obtained from Toronto in the June 23, 2013 trade that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier
to Toronto, in exchange for Frattin, and goaltender Ben Scrivens
; Toronto has the option on the year), and a conditional third round draft pick, in exchange for oft-injured sniper Marian Gaborik
Frattin stayed on the ice for some extra work after practice had ended. But as players began to head to the dressing room, head coach Darryl Sutter emerged—a highly unusual sight after practice—to deliver the news the moment Frattin stepped off the ice.
“It’s a business, and that’s what happens,” said the 26-year-old, 6-0, 205-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta. “It’s going to be tough leaving this group of guys, but hopefully, I’ll get more ice time there. It’s a fresh start, and they’re a good team that’s in the playoff hunt.”
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