5 Possible Marian Gaborik Replacements for Los Angeles Kings

5 Possible Replacements for Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik
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The Los Angeles Kings certainly don't want to lose Marian Gaborik this offseason, but it remains a very real possibility. Here are five potential replacements should the star bolt for greener pastures.

5. Thomas Vanek

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5.Thomas Vanek

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The cream of this year’s free agent crop would have to take a discount, but given his playoff no-show for the Canadiens that could be possible. Vanek playing on a line with Anze Kopitar would benefit the Kings and help reestablish Vanek as a preeminent NHL player.

4. Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand
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4. Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand
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The Bruins’ agitator is certainly on the market and the Kings could be a fit for the former 28-goal scorer. While there would be an adjustment period for sure, his speed and penalty killing acumen could be a real asset for L.A.

3. Radim Vrbata

Radim Vrbata
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3. Radim Vrbata

Radim Vrbata
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The former 30-goal scorer will come at a bargain rate and would be a great veteran presence in the Kings’ lineup. After spending the bulk of his career in Chicago and Phoenix, he is perfectly suited for the rigors of the Western Conference schedule.

2. Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
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2. Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
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Much like the Kings and Gaborik, the Bruins want to keep the veteran winger in the fold through at least next season. If Boston allows Iginla to reach free agency, he could be a great fit for the Kings as he continues to purse his first Stanley Cup to add to his Hall of Fame resume.

1. Evander Kane

Evander Kane
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1. Evander Kane

Evander Kane
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The young power forward has been rumored to be on the trading block for years, and coming to a veteran team like the Kings could be the best thing for him. His mix of speed and physicality would fit in perfectly with the way the Kings play.

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