Marian Gaborik will be entering the final year of his current contract when the 2013-14 season begins and the Blue Jackets are now allowed to sign him to a contract extension. That doesn’t mean they’re quite ready to make that committment. At least not yet.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that the team is going to wait for the regular season to begin and see how Gaborik fits in before they commit to a long-term contract extension.
“We want to get more familiar with him, get to know him better,” Kekalainen said, via the Dispatch. “Sure, we’re thinking about it already, but we’re going to let it go into the season, hope to see him score a lot of goals for us and then talk about getting him extended.”
Gaborik will count $7.5 million against the salary cap this season, which is the 12th largest in the league. It’s the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million contract he signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent prior to the 2009-10 season. He was traded to the Blue Jackets last April in exchange for Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Derek Dorsett.
Source: Adam Gretz, CBS Sports