Kings get: F Marian Gaborik
Blue Jackets get: F Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick
The Kings were leery of paying the hefty asking price for Thomas Vanek, in part because they felt he didn’t fit into what Darryl Sutter is trying to do in Los Angeles. It’s hard to see Gaborik being a better fit, even if the asking price was considerably less.
The Kings are a big, heavy team because they move up and down the ice, with a physical edge. That’s not Gaborik’s strength. They certainly need scoring, and Gaborik is still just 32 years old and only a couple seasons removed from 41 goals.
That said, one Western Conference scout has seen a drop-off.