Gaborik on the brink of breakthrough? 

May, 21, 2014
Marian GaborikMike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsA certain chemistry between Marian Gaborik and the Kings could bring the Stanley Cup to LA.
When the deal to Los Angeles was completed and Jarmo Kekalainen notified Marian Gaborik that his time with the Blue Jackets was over, the Columbus GM made an observation.

“I told Marian, ‘Maybe our team wasn’t ready for him,’” Kekalainen said during a Wednesday morning phone conversation.

Timing is as important as fit when it comes to adding a player such as Gaborik. The Kings had pursued him when he was a free agent in 2009 before he signed with the New York Rangers and had they been successful things might not have worked the way it has now in Los Angeles. That Kings team was similar to the team in Columbus now, a group still building its collection of talent, establishing a culture and learning how to win.