Gaborik signs multi-year deal with Wild
After a bitter contract dispute, restricted free agent Marian Gaborik
has signed a multi-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.
The contract is a three-year deal worth $9.5 million US, basically
the same offer the Wild presented Gaborik while with agents David
Schatia and Allan Walsh, but the bonus package has been slightly
Gaborik, who led the Wild in scoring last year with 65 points and
followed with 17 points in 18 playoff games, changed agents earlier
this month after Walsh and Schatia were unable to make any progress
in the talks. Goborik's new agent, Ron Salcer, got the deal done.
Earlier this week, Gaborik left Minnesota and there appeared little
promise a deal could be worked out. "Unfortunately, the Wild
management have been and remain unwilling to negotiate," Gaborik
Risebrough responded with a statement that defended the team's
stance. "Gaborik's agents have disrespected the abilities and
accomplishments of his teammates and have demanded that Marian be
treated differently," he said.
Last season, Gaborik earned $1.075 million in base salary but, with
his performance bonuses added in, the 2002-03 All-Star earned $4.4
Gaborik missed 11 games during the dispute. The Wild were 4-6-1
without him in the lineup.