Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/28/06 at 11:21 AM ET
Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik skated their first shifts together as Wild teammates during an informal workout Tuesday in Slovakia, a routine Demitra hopes to maintain with his comrade for years. "We always were talking about it, one day we're going to play on the same team. Now we've got a chance," Demitra said. "He'd better sign for a long time." The Wild's newest scorer and playmaker was referring to pending contract negotiations between the team and its star winger, Gaborik, who seeks a long-term extension and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2007. That is the intriguing back story to the trade the Wild swung with the Los Angeles Kings to acquire Demitra for hot minor league prospect Patrick O'Sullivan and a first-round pick during Saturday's entry draft.continued
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