Kings sign Gaborik to seven-year contract

Gaborik ranks 13th among active players with 347 career goals. Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings announced the signing of right wing Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract Wednesday. The deal carries an average annual value of $4.9 million, according to TSN.ca.

The Kings acquired Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL trade deadline. He recorded 30 points in 41 regular season games split between Columbus and Los Angeles, but he really turned it up during the playoffs, racking up a league-high 14 postseason goals (and 22 points) in 26 games.

Gaborik told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that he knows he may have received more money to play elsewhere, but said it “wasn’t about the money” as he wanted to be in a comfortable environment where he felt he had the chance to win championships.

Gaborik, 32, missed 39 games last season due to a sprained knee and a broken collarbone, but enters the offseason healthy.