Marian Gaborik could be staying with the defending Stanley Cup champions next season and beyond.
While nothing is done yet, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings and the pending unrestricted free agent are close on a new contract that could get done over the next 48 hours.
The Kings acquired Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline and the veteran winger was instrumental in the team's Stanley Cup win. In 41 games with the Blue Jackets and Kings, Gaborik scored 11 goals and 19 assists. He missed 17 games with a sprained knee and 22 games with a broken collarbone last season.
Gaborik, a native of Slovakia, was drafted by Minnestota in the first round, third overall, in 2000.
He spent the first eight years of his career with Minnesota followed by a four-year stint with the New York Rangers. Gaborik was dealt to Columbus at the 2013 trade deadline.
Gaborik is coming off a five-year contract that paid him an average annual value of $7.5 million per season.
The 32-year-old has 347 goals and 357 assists for 704 points over 810 career games in the NHL. He has represented Slovakia numerous times on the international stage, including the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games.