Kings pick up Marian Gaborik from Blue Jackets

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Columbus Blue Jackets’ Marian Gaborik, left, of Slovakia, and Dallas Stars’ Chris Mueller work for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Columbus Blue Jackets’ Marian Gaborik, left, of Slovakia, and Dallas Stars’ Chris Mueller work for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran goal-scorer Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets get right wing Matt Frattin and a second-round pick in the 2014 draft, plus a conditional third-rounder if the Kings win their first-round playoff series or re-sign Gaborik.

The 32-year-old Gaborik will be a free agent after the season. He was making $7.5 million a year, with the Blue Jackets expected to pick up a portion of the $1.9 million in remaining salary. He has missed games with a sprained knee and a broken collarbone this season, limiting him to just 22 games, but is healthy for the stretch run.

The 26-year-old Frattin has two goals and four assists in 40 games.

Associated Press

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