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Gaborik, Kings agree to 7-year deal

LOS ANGELES -- Marian Gaborik, who gave the Kings much-needed and timely scoring from the left side during their run to the Stanley Cup championship, has agreed to a new seven-year contract to stay with the team, General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, but it's believed the contract is worth $35 million, or slightly less.

Gaborik, who scored a league-leading 14 goals in 26 playoff games and ranked fourth in scoring with 22 points, could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. To stay with the Kings, who acquired him in a trade with Columbus on March 5, Gaborik likely took less money than he might have gotten had he gone to the open market.

Gaborik, 32, clicked almost immediately with center Anze Kopitar and gave the Kings the scoring threat they had long lacked. He also brought balance that proved difficult for other teams to defend against.

He had three goals and five points in the Kings' first-round playoff series against San Jose, six goals and 10 points in their second-round victory over the Ducks, three goals and four points in the Western Conference finals against Chicago, and two goals and three points in the Kings' five-game victory over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final.

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