By Jamie MacDonald | Wild.com | July 30, 2008 | 10:45 a.m. EDT
While these August weeks represent some of the last few precious non-hockey stretches of the summer for the NHL, at least in theory, there is almost always a game to catch somewhere. On Sunday, Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough and Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations Tom Lynn took off for Slovakia, ostensibly to watch the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament featuring some of the top under-18 players in the world.
Because Slovakia also happens to be the home of the leading scorer in Wild history, one who is famously entering his "contract year," it only made sense that Risebrough and Lynn's planets might collide with Marian Gaborik during the trip.
On Monday night, they did.
Risebrough and Lynn met with Gaborik for more than four hours, an extended dinner over which the parties presented their thoughts about the franchise and the player, choosing to save more numbers-related details for a later date.
"We talked only about the future of the team and Marian's place in it, not about contract," Lynn said Tuesday morning before heading to Breclav for the games. "It was a very positive, open discussion."
At present, Gaborik is set to enter 2008-09 in the final season of a three-year contract.