Getty ImagesColumbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen put his stamp on the roster last season by shocking the hockey world: Trading for New York Rangers star Marian Gaborik, in an aggressive push for a playoff berth.
“We’re looking at this as a long-term solution, not a rental. He’s under contract through next season, and we would like to see the relationship continue beyond that.”
That objective hasn’t changed, necessarily. Gaborik is in the last year of his 5-year contract, carrying a $7.5 million cap hit with it. Columbus would, in theory, like him signed for longer after eight points in 12 games last season.
But Kekalainen is sounding a lot more wait-and-see in discussing Gaborik’s future with the Jackets, opting to negotiate a new deal during the 2013-14 season.Read More »from Blue Jackets in no rush to sign Marian Gaborik