Originally posted on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 4/3/13
We all thought this year's trade deadline would lack major stories and surprises. Wrong! Marian Gaborik has been dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett along with a sixth-round pick, as reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie.  The surprising Gaborik trade came just minutes after Columbus sent backup netminder Steve Mason over to the Philadelphia Flyers, a deal that gave hockey fans around the country (maybe not in Philadelphia) a nice laugh. That laughter evaporated and was replaced by shock when we all learned that Columbus added a new offensive weapon.  Chalk this up as one of the most surprising deadline deals of the past several seasons. Columbus is making a serious push in 2013 and they are paying a steep price to do it.  Just a day after trade talk surrounding Gaborik had reportedly "cooled", he's dealt to the Blue Jackets. Through 35 games in 2013, Gaborik has tallied nine goals and 10 assists for a total of 19 points. His offensive numbers are down in 2013 when compared to his 41-goal 2011-12, but the fact is New York's offense as a whole has been missing most of the year. Gaborik has struggled, but his decline has been influenced by the men around him. Gaborik comes over to a Columbus team that's battling for a playoff spot and could use an offensive spark. Needless to say, Gaborik should provide it and could take on the role that was vacated when the team dealt Rick Nash to the Rangers.  Gaborik is a huge addition for the Blue Jackets, but they had to pay a steep price to obtain him.  More analysis on this trade soon. Check back. 

This article first appeared on Puck Drunk Love and was syndicated with permission.

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