The Los Angeles Kings are looking to be creative on the trade front and have been looking to trade veteran winger Marian Gaborik.
First reported by John Hoven of Mayor's Manor and confirmed by TFP through multiple league sources, the Kings have been shopping Gaborik for several weeks.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi is looking to bolster his roster for a playoff run and have expressed interest in such players as Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal, Dallas Stars winger Patrick Sharp and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle, among others.
The Kings also had shown interest in Patrick Eaves before the Stars traded him to the Anaheim Ducks earlier today.
Gaborik, 35, has four-years left on his contract at an annual salary cap hit of $4.875 million, though his actual salary is $5.075 million next season and drops each subsequent year.
The Kings are looking to create some salary cap space, but a move prior to the March 1 trade deadline may not be in the cards and it's unclear if the Kings are willing to retain any of his salary. If that's the case, the Kings will look to move him in the off-season -- Gaborik, if still on the team, will likely be exposed in this June's expansion draft.
In 38 games with the Kings so far this season, Gaborik has registered six goals and seven assists for 13 points.
The Kings also had talks with the Colorado Avalanche earlier in the season about Gabriel Landeskog, but it's unclear if those discussions remain on going.