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Wild don't expect to sign Gaborik by start of season

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10/4/2008 11:49:29 AM
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The Minnesota Wild and winger Marian Gaborik will be headed for a season uncertain.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Friday that he does not expect to sign Gaborik to a contract extension by the start of the season.

Gaborik, 26, is expected to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"Not making any headway," Risebrough told the paper. "I was trying to do something before the season. It's not happening. It's not going to happen by the start of the season."

Asked if he'll react by putting Gaborik on the trading block, the veteran executive replied, "That, I'll have to determine."

Gaborik, 26, is the team's all-time leading scorer and has hit the 30-goal mark five times in seven seasons. Last season, he had a franchise-record 42 goals and 83 points. The Slovakian forward maintains he wants to stay in Minnesota and has relayed the message to his agent, Ron Salcer.

"I've said numerous times, 'Ronnie, just deal with them. Ronnie, I want to get the deal done,'" Gaborik told the Star Tribune. "So that's where we are. But we can't control what they do."

Files from the Minneapolis Star Tribune were used for this report.

Marian Gaborik (Photo: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

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