Kings Get Gaborik and McNabb
THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING YESTERDAY MY BEST DAY EVER!!!
Did Lombardi win or fail?
I say he won. Big time.
He didn’t have to deal Muzzin, he didn’t have to deal Clifford and he didn’t have to deal Matt Greene (not that we really care about Matt Greene, he’s like a neighbors cat. You keep him indoors one day, you throw him out the next). He ONLY had to deal Matt Frattin (once and for all admitting he was colossally misguided in acquiring him in the first place) Hudson Fasching (nice kid, but 4-5 years down the road, but a nice kid. Did I mention he’s a nice kid?) and Nic Deslauriers (who has a chest the size of a mini-cooper but for a tree like McNabb…), while acquiring those much loved 2nd round picks AND got the Jackets to pick up HALF of his remaining salary? And we didn’t have to worry about where to put Sam Gagner! He did all this while keeping his core under the cap???
Much like staring at the Mona Lisa… Impressive.
At first, grabbing Gaborik seems pretty decent, even though he’s often hurt (sprained knee and broken collar bone THIS season) and is a true RW who was a LW in NY under Tortorella (I said disastrous because someone else said disastrous and I went with it, but then one of my readers pointed out he scored 40 goals as a LW which does not fall under the category of disastrous). Playing with Kopi and Williams or Richards and Carter. Yum Yum.
Minnesota certainly paid a lot LESS to acquire Matt Moulson, who would have been a much better fit being he’s a lefty at LW and Thomas Vanish cost Montreal less than what the Kings gave up as well but there’s a reason I call him Vanish. Dustin Brown said “Gaborik is tough to play against” – Maybe 5 years ago. There’s a REASON Columbus was anxious to get rid of him. Maybe he just didn’t like Columbus the way Jeff Carter didn’t like Columbus.
Lombardi didn’t get the defensive D-man he was looking for, opting instead to KEEP Matt Greene, instead of ponying up for the likes of Tom Gilbert. No thanks!
After going back and forth this morning, the Kings finally closed the deal on Gabby in exchange for Matt Frattin (who was still on the ice with the Kings when the deal was made), and 2 conditional draft picks. The third-round pick Columbus would get if Kings win a playoff series or resign Gaborik was originally owned by Edmonton. Do any of you even care about shit like this?
So basically, the Kings traded Jonathan Bernier for a UFA winger who is often hurt.
Works for me!
From Portzline: In 22 games this season, (Gaborik) had six goals, eight assists and an even rating, but there were many games where he appeared disinterested or detached from the rest of the group.
I find it strange that the Columbus scouting staff, which had been in Manchester for weeks, including their head scout, settled on two DRAFT PICKS instead. What does that say about our prospects? With Deslauriers gone, the Kings are thinner than Lara Flynn Boyle in prospects.
The Sharks pulled a full on fail and Anaheim traded Penner and didn’t get Vanek. How nice!
This was a pretty solid day for the Kings.
The Mayor broke the story on McNabb HERE
Also included was sone ECHL player named Jonathan Parker (I never understand why they include guys like this). More below.
Hudson Fasching and top prospect Deslauriers are going the other way BUT the Kings look like they’re acquiring TWO 2nd round draft picks. I read somewhere that both draft selections acquired today by the Kings were originally Kings selections that were sent last year to Buffalo as part of the Robyn Regehr trade on April 1, 2013, so you know it must be true.
“The former Kootenay Ice captain is a big-bodied defenseman who can throw his weight around and plays in all situations. The biggest knock against McNabb is his skating ability, but that has improved recently. Scouts think McNabb can play with an even more physical edge, and he certainly can, but a lot of the skills McNabb will develop depends on what kind of role the Sabres would like him to play.”
“McNabb is just on the cusp of making the Sabres lineup, though Mark Pysyk leapfrogged him on the depth chart last year. McNabb has a very good chance to become a full-time player in Buffalo, but he faces a lot of competition. Should he falter, McNabb will be one of Rochester’s top defencemen and will be one of the first call-ups should the need arise.”
November 2013- Well that didn’t take long. Since the new hierarchy has taken over in Buffalo they have made several moves and one of them was recalling the youngster McNabb. McNabb has been a steadying presence on the Americans blueline playing a very dependable two-way game. He has stormed out of the gates with two goals ten assists through his first 15 games played. The hope is that McNabb can help improve the teams goals against as the Sabres currently sit tied for 28th in goals scored against and certainly will need to improve on that if they want to avoid alienating their fan base.Travis Watson
November 2013- McNabb currently sits sixth in league scoring for defencemen in the AHL. He is off to a blistering start for the Americans with ten points already through eight games to date which means his 1.25ppg average is almost two times the pace he finished last season at 0.58ppg. With the current situation in Buffalo and the lack of offense they are currently getting from the backend I wouldn’t be surprised to see McNabb suiting up for the blue and gold at some point. In the meantime it is great to see one of the Sabres prospects making a big step forward and now we can just hope that he is able to continue this play as the season wears on and then takes advantage of his opportunity when given the chance. Travis Watson
McNabb is developing into a two-way defenseman who shows promise at the blue line to produce like he did at the junior level.
MCNABB TAKES OUT TATAR
2012-13: Parker spent his second pro season with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester. He appeared in just 28 games; due in part to family commitments as his father battled terminal cancer. He finished the year with 3 goals and 2 assists and was +1 with 10 penalty minutes. Rochester finished second in the North Division and were swept by first place Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. Parker did not skate in any playoff games.
Parker is a hard-working player, but too small to become an effective checking line player and not skilled enough to be a scorer. Though just 5’10, he has remained quite durable.
Parker spent the year with the Americans but played a small role. He is entering the final year of his entry-level contract and has much to prove if he wants to be re-signed. He currently projects to be a career minor league forward.
The Kings did NOT go after Danny Briere.
Linden Vey sent down, not because the Kings had to get under the cap, because there’s nobody left in Manchester who can actually PLAY.