To be honest i didn't think Gabby would leave...i thought he would have signed in a week or so...this is a :shock: (like the use of a smiley there eh?) to me...Without him i can't see minny being a big threat..Exactly where the restricted free agent has gone is anyone's guess, but it's not the state of Minnesota.
Gaborik's agent David Schatia of Montreal issued a statement from Gaborik today, expressing dismay his negotiations with the Wild have failed to result in an agreement.
''I indicated a desire to be flexible and negotiate a fair conclusion to the situation,'' Gaborik said in a statement. ''I presented the Wild management with different options to complete a contract fair to both sides.''
''Unfortunately, the Wild management have been and remain unwilling to negotiate. A few days ago, I offered to sign a contract for the same gross pay I earned in each of the last two seasons. My offer to the Wild was rejected...based on the actions of the Wild management, I have decided to leave Minnesota.''
Speculation is that Gaborik will remain in North American for a brief period of time in the hopes of getting a deal done with the Wild, but the next step, obviously, is for him to announce he's returning home to Slovakia.
Gaborik wants to be paid an average of about $4.35 million per year on a new contract. The Wild have been offering a deal worth about $3.16 million per year and it appears the two sides are entrenched.