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Report: Wild have already offered up Gaborik

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TSN.ca Staff
10/21/2008 11:37:29 AM
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Marian Gaborik's days as a member of the Minnesota Wild could be ending sooner than later.

An unnamed NHL team executive told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week that Wild general manager Doug Risebrough has been actively shopping the star forward around the league and offered Gaborik to his team in a trade over the weekend.

According to the paper, the executive said he was not interested.

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

The 26-year-old is the team's all-time leading scorer with with 207 goals and 415 points in 487 games and has hit the 30-goal mark five times in seven seasons.

Last season, Gaborik had a franchise-record 42 goals and 83 points. While the Slovakian forward maintains that he wants to stay in Minnesota, he and agent Ron Salcer have reportedly rejected multiple contract extension offers.

Gaborik, who has a history of abdominal and leg injuries, has missed the past two games because of a lower body injury.

The young forward, who makes $7.5 million this season, could be tough to move this early in the campaign considering the cap hit to the league's $56.7 million salary ceiling.

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

Marian Gaborik (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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