Pending free agent Marian Gaborik is taking a test drive with the Los Angeles Kings during this stretch run. The team is doing the same with him.
If all goes well, Gaborik could be a good fit for the offensively challenged Kings.
“It still takes some time to get used to the system, but this team was established as a winning team over the last couple of years and they won a Cup,” Gaborik told reporters. “There’s a lot of structure to that. Everybody’s on the same page. Everybody knows what they’re doing. Everybody’s trusting each other out there. I like it.”
Gaborik is entering the twilight of his NHL career, so he would prefer to move forward with a contender.
“Definitely, I want to win bad,” Gaborik said. “I landed at one of the contenders, which I’m very excited about. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out with Columbus, but that’s the way it is sometimes. I got dealt here. I was very excited by that. This is a good team, so … we’ve got to make sure we have a good push to end the regular season and get ready for playoffs.”
He is building some chemistry with top Kings center Anze Kopitar. Gaborik scored four points and a game-winning shootout goal in his first eight games for the Kings.
“I think you kinda have an idea of what his strengths are coming in, but you’ve got to get used to what type of game he wants to play in the offensive zone,” Kopitar told reporters. “He’s more of a give-and-go guy than a puck-possession guy. Once you figure that out, it’s pretty easy to play with him. I think we’ve been so far creating pretty good chances and we’re going to have to continue to do that – that’s no secret.”