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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Marian Gaborik was nowhere to be seen today.
Negotiations are clearly at a delicate juncture, very delicate. The two sides are far apart, although Risebrough said he plans to keep trying to get Gaborik inked to an extension. He again maintains he has had no trade talks and doesn’t plan any in the foreseeable future.
The irony here is the big risk in paying Gaborik Ovechkin money or Crosby money or Malkin money or Staal money or Lecavalier money is he’s so injury prone.
And here Gaborik is seeking to be paid like a top two or three player in the NHL while he’s out with a strained quad aggravated on the first day of training camp.
more on the Wild…
from Russo’s Rants,
The Wild met this afternoon again with Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer. I don’t know if it’s still going on.
Risebrough said things are “crystallizing.”
He also said, “It’s time to make a decision,” but he still doesn’t know what the results will be.
Risebrough said it all will come down to guaranteed money, and once that is agreed upon, everything can work itself out.
from Spector’s Hockey,
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE/PIONEER PRESS: both reported on the current status of Marian Gaborik’s contract talks with the Minnesota Wild, noting they’re still ongoing but Wild GM Doug Risebrough has no set timetable on these talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the Wild to start shopping Gaborik if he’s not re-signed by the start of the season.
more trade and signing talk…
Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa trades don’t happen everyday in the NHL. Stars aligned a few years back and Atlanta and Ottawa was able to make a star for star trade.
That likely won’t happen here if Gaborik is dealt. Sure, the Wild could likely get a strong package of players/picks back, but you’re not going to get fair value back — at least for the short-term.
Gaborik will have his choice to play most anyplace he wants next season, and he knows that. To get him to forgo that opportunity, the Wild will have to pay him, and probably overpay him. Most teams can afford to pay Gaborik $9-10 million on a long-term deal next summer.
-Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Gaborik’s appetite for staying in Minnesota has been hard to read. Never what you would call emotional, he nonetheless appears indifferent, saying repeatedly he is “willing to stay.” Although the sides are negotiating, it’s frankly hard for the layman to understand the holdup.
The bottom line is the Wild have offered the right winger a long-term contract that would make him one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, with an average salary in the $8.5 million range. And the seven-year, $57.75 deal signed Thursday by Carolina’s Eric Staal — whose potential and career trajectory is similar — seems to fortify this as a reasonable offer.
So, if Gaborik were completely sold on the Wild, wouldn’t he have signed by now?
“That’s why this is scary,” Nanne said, “because it’s not a money issue.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“I have one year left on my contract. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m going to leave everything out there, work hard and enjoy it. And I’m going to try the best I can to help the team win this year like I’ve done always.”
Told that sounds like he has decided to play out the final year of his contract and leave as a free agent, Gaborik said, “I’m not saying I’m leaving. I’m not saying I’m staying. I’m saying I have one year left on my contract. I’m leaving it up to the Wild and my agent to discuss it. But I want to be left out of it.
“I like it here. Of course, it’s been great times and experiences here. But I still have one more year on my contract. I want to be respected that I still have one year left, and I want to just focus on this year and just try to play the best I can. That’s how it is. I don’t want to think about my contract right now, and I don’t want to be put in a position where I have to talk about it.”
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Risebrough says he has not had any trade conversations regarding Gaborik and has not gotten any calls from other GM’s (which I find hard to believe on the latter). He says he’s only concentrating on signing Gaborik before the Oct. 11 opener.
He wouldn’t answer hypotheticals when asked if he feels he’d have to trade Gaborik before the season if the winger makes it clear he won’t sign an extension.
Risebrough said he doesn’t plan to respond to any trade rumors during this process. “A lot of people on your side are fiction writers, and I’m not dealing with all the fiction writers. So the best thing is not to deal with any of [the rumors].”
more at Russo’s Rants
Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer (via the Pioneer Press):
“I can tell you that no decision (about free agency) has been made, and that he’s not even thinking about it. He’s focused on coming in and having a great season. If you start talking about next year, I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.
“We’re not going to deny anything the Wild wants to explore. We’re certainly willing to listen, but at this point it’s a hypothetical because I haven’t heard from them.”
“I can only say the Wild went to speak to him and were very respectful and shared information with him, about himself and the organization, and their vision. I think it was a very intelligent move on their behalf to involve him, but we don’t have any set plans (to talk).”
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