The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired All-Star right wing Marian Gaborik
and defensemen Steven Delisle
and Blake Partlett
from the New York Rangers in exchange for center Derick Brassard
, right wing Derek Dorsett
, defenseman John Moore
and a sixth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
“Throughout this process our focus was to add a player who could provide a boost to our offense, improve our goal scoring and power play and we identified Marian Gaborik as the player we wanted,” said Kekalainen
. “He has been an elite goal scorer in this league for many years and we are very excited to have him.”
Gaborik, 31, is a three-time All-Star who has registered 333 goals and 333 assists for 666 points, 398 penalty minutes and a +84 plus/minus rating in 757 career NHL games with the Rangers
and Minnesota Wild
. He has scored 91 career power play goals, 62 game-winning goals and seven shorthanded tallies with 14 hat tricks during his 12 NHL seasons. In 35 games in 2012-13, he has tallied 9-10-19 and eight penalty minutes and ranks seventh in the NHL with four game-winning goals.
The 6-1, 204-pound native of Trencin, Slovakia joined the Rangers as a free agent prior to the 2009-10 season. After collecting 22-26-48 and 18 penalty minutes in 62 games in 2010-11, he earned Second Team NHL All-Star honors in 2011-12 when he racked up 41-35-76, 34 penalty minutes, 10 power play goals, seven game-winners and a +15 plus/minus rating in 82 games. He ranked third in the NHL in goals and 15th in points last season.
Gaborik was Minnesota’s first pick, third overall, in the 2000 NHL Draft
. He spent eight seasons with the Wild, scoring 30 or more goals six times, including a career-high 42 in 2007-08, and represented the club at the 2003 and 2008 All-Star Games. He is the Wild’s all-time leader in goals (219), points (437), power play goals (59), power play points (145) and multi-goal games (41) and ranks third in club history in assists (218) and games played (502).
Gaborik has also represented Slovakia at several international tournaments. He has played in the 2010 and 2006 Olympic Games, 2004 World Cup of Hockey, 1999 and 2000 World Junior Championships and 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011 World Championships.
Delisle, 22, was the Blue Jackets’ third pick, 107th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft
. He joined the Rangers along with Rick Nash in the July 2012 trade that brought Brandon Dubinsky
, Artem Anisimov
, Tim Erixon
and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to Columbus. The 6-6, 233-pound native of Levise, Quebec has appeared in four games with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (0-2-2, -1 plus/minus rating) and 61 games with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL (4-16-20, +23 rating) this season.
Parlett, 23, was signed by New York as a free agent on June 2, 2011. The 6-1, 205-pound blueliner has tallied 6-22-28 in 67 appearances with Connecticut this season and 12-42-54 in 146 career AHL games. A native of Bracebridge, Ontario, Parlett has also appeared in 58 career ECHL games with Greenville, recording 8-31-39 in addition to 57 penalty minutes.
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