Free agency in the NHL hasn't officially started yet, but some teams are already on the ball when it comes to locking up their own star players.
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I guess scoring 14 goals and registering 21 total points en route to bringing home the Cup can do quite a bit in bagging a contract that pays some huge dough. Gaborik will earn an average annual salary of $4.875 million a year, nearly $2 million less per-year than his previous contract, meaning Gaborik is totally fine with leaving some cash on the table if it means he gets to stay with the Kings, who without a doubt have a good thing going.
Bringing back Gaborik is certainly great news for the Kings, but the length of the contract can become a burden three or four years down the road for Los Angeles. Gaborik has dealt with multiple injuries in the past, so handing him the security of such a long-term deal can come back to bite them if he breaks down again.
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Lastly, The Denver Post reports that Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny will test free agency and become one of the most sought after skaters on the market. Stastny hasn't yet ruled out a return to the Avs, but with the opportunity to be courted by multiple teams offering to pay him nearly $6 million a year, Stastny could not pass up the chance for the first time in his eight-year career. One things for sure: the Bruins will not be one of the teams dialing Stastny's number.