Marian Gaborik spent the last few months living at the beach and scoring clutch goals for the eventual Stanley

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LOS ANGELES -- Marian Gaborik spent the last few months living at the beach and scoring clutch goals for the eventual Stanley Cup champions.Trumaine Johnson Rams Jersey . The star left wing saw absolutely no reason to wake up from his dream life with the Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik agreed to a seven-year deal Wednesday to stay with the Kings, passing on the financial possibilities of unrestricted free agency to stay with the champs. According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the deal has an average annual value of $4.875 million. The deal will pay Gaborik $6.075 million in each of the first three years, and then amounts of $5.075 million, $4.575 million, $3.175 million, and $3.075 million over the final four seasons of the package. "I know I could get maybe more money if I would have gone to free agency, but it wasnt about money," Gaborik said. "I wanted to stay here and be part of a great team." Los Angeles acquired the Slovak scoring machine from Columbus on March 5, and he was an immediate hit. Gaborik scored 16 points in 19 regular-season games before leading the NHL with 14 post-season goals during the Kings run to their second title in three years. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi struck a long-term deal before Gaborik became a free agent next week. Gaboriks contract is worth roughly $34 million, likely less than a seven-time 30-goal scorer would have commanded on the open market. The 32-year-old Gaborik was coy about his future during the Kings draining playoff run, saying he would make those decisions after the season. Away from the public, Gaborik had clearly formed a plan. "All along I wanted to stay here," Gaborik said. "The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it. I believed we could get it done." Playing on the Kings top line alongside centre Anze Kopitar and captain Dustin Brown, Gaborik scored 22 points in 26 post-season games with the Kings before raising the Stanley Cup for the first time in his 13-season NHL career. Gaboriks 14 goals were one shy of Wayne Gretzkys franchise post-season record. He repeatedly scored in important situations for the Kings, including the tying goals late in two Stanley Cup finals games and in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Chicago. Gaborik filled an enormous need for the Kings, who acquired him in a bid to boost one of the NHLs least productive offences. Gaboriks goal-scoring talent fit perfectly with Kopitar, one of hockeys top playmakers, as the Kings improbably became the highest-scoring team in the playoffs. "To play along Kopi, probably one of the top centres in the league, just the way we clicked pretty quickly was great," Gaborik said. Gaborik also showed a willingness to play responsible defensive hockey in coach Darryl Sutters system, which further endeared him to his fellow Kings. He was embraced after the club acquired him for Matt Frattin and two draft picks, even moving into fellow ex-Columbus forward Jeff Carters home near the beach. Gaborik clearly loves the Kings lifestyle along with their playing style. He recently posted a series of photos on Instagram showing him celebrating at the Pacific Ocean -- running down the beach, lifting the Cup over his head while shirtless in the surf, and helping his girlfriend drink champagne from the trophy while his mother laughed in the background. "I knew right away: Great group of guys, great team, great fans, and obviously being in a great environment in terms of lifestyle and everything," Gaborik said. "That made a lot of sense for me. The No. 1 thing is winning a Cup and having a chance year after year, going into these games and having a chance to win every game." The Kings are the fourth NHL team for Gaborik, who mostly met enormous expectations while playing for the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. But the three-time NHL All-Star has struggled with injuries in the past two seasons while getting traded twice. Gaborik has scored 704 career points, and he ranks 13th among active players with 347 goals, including three 40-goal seasons. He is a two-time Olympian for Slovakia, but missed the Sochi Games with an injury. Just as it did in 2012, Los Angeles championship team will return nearly intact in the fall. The Kings re-signed defenceman Matt Greene to a four-year contract on Tuesday, and their only significant unrestricted free agent is veteran defenceman Willie Mitchell. The Kings have several long-term contracts on their books, yet Lombardi has scarcely made an inaccurate move in the last five years while building his two-time champions. "To be a part of this, Im pretty happy about it," Gaborik said. "Hopefully we can just keep this train rolling." Tre Mason Rams Jersey . LOUIS -- Russell Martin wanted a better fate for his starting pitcher and helped deliver a happier ending. E.J. Gaines Rams Jersey . -- Urban Meyer thought Ohio State needed a pregame wake-up call Saturday. SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tyreke Evans is still making the adjustment from point guard to small forward for the Sacramento Kings. But Evans certainly looked comfortable Monday night. He had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who topped the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108. Evans was the NBAs Rookie of the Year two seasons ago and had an injury-plagued season a year ago when his stats dropped. He has been tentative at times this season after coach Keith Smart inserted rookie Isaiah Thomas at point guard and Evans became the starting small forward. Yet Evans was anything but tentative against the injury-plagued Timberwolves. He played with the abandon of his rookie season, driving fearlessly to the basket on the fast break and often times scoring before the Timberwolves had a chance to slow him down. "Im trying to get used to it," Evans said about playing small forward. "Its up to me to be aggressive and to keep attacking. When I rebound I just get a head start and just kind of open up things because they close the paint." While Evans continues to search for a consistent perimeter shot, his ability to penetrate defences remains a strength. He did it repeatedly against the Timberwolves, who lacked a defensive presence inside. Evans made 8 of 14 shots, hit 8 of 11 free throws, and had two steals and only one turnover in 38 minutes. Despite his ball-handling duties being diminished in the normal flow of the offence, Smart still wants the creative Evans to be an offensive facilitator. "I still put him in a position to be a playmaker," Smart said. "Tonight was a game where he could push it up and make plays. Hes a small forward with point guard skills." The Kings opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, aided by a pair of baskets from Evans, and never trailed the rest of the way. Sacramento entered the game having lost five of six. The Kings made their free throws in the closing minute to secure the victory and move to 14-12 at home this season. "They started out fast in the fourth quarter, and then we cut it to a reasonable deficit," Kevin Love said. "But it was too late at the end. Everyone seems to be hurt right now and thats been tough for us." Love had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their third straight and fourth in five games. Rotating defenders, the Kings played tough defence on Love through three quarters. But the All-Star forward got going in the fourth when he scored 11 points. "They have injuries, but Minnesota still had some talented players, and Kevin Love is one of them," Smart said. "We tried to make sure he didnt have a big game to beat us." Nikola Pekovic had 17 points, Luke Ridnour had 13 and Brad Miller had 11 points and six assists for Minnesota, which has seen its playoffs hopes dwindle since losing starting point guard Ricky Rubio last month to a season-ending knee injury. The Timberwolves are 4-10 in Rubios absence. Minnesota trails Houston, which holds the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Aaron Donald Rams Jersey. "Im not worried about the playoffs. We do have to turn this thing around," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. "We are not going to give up on this season. We have to turn this season around with the people we have right now." DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette had 19 points, one below his season high. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and five assists. Terrence Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Williams has been a consistent contributor since being signed to a 10-day contract on March 21. The versatile guard/forward has earned consistent minutes and last week the Kings signed him for the remainder of the season. "Hes a player that you dont have to depend on him scoring or doing one thing, he does them all -- rebounds, passes, scores and defends," Thomas said. "Hes one of the most complete players in this league and you need somebody like that on your team to help you win games." Fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:50 left, Love made all three free throws to bring the Timberwolves within 109-104. But Minnesota could not get closer in losing to the Kings for the second time on the road after defeating them twice at home. Leading by one heading into the fourth quarter, the Kings ran off 11 straight points and took a 98-86 lead when Fredette connected on a 3-pointer at the 8:01 mark. The Timberwolves missed their first six shots in the fourth and also committed several turnovers. It didnt help the Timberwolves that Love picked up his fourth foul with just under nine minutes left in the third quarter. Love went to the bench, but not before arguing the call and earning a technical foul. The Minnesota bench got thinner when Ridnour was in pain near his basket after suffering a sprained right ankle. He had to be helped off the court with under a minute to play in the third and never returned. Miller started at centre for the Timberwolves and scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter. It was the first start this season for the veteran centre, who played six years with the Kings. Before the game, Miller shook hands with Kings owner Gavin Maloof who was at a courtside seat. He was greeted warmly by Sacramento fans in the pregame introductions as well. "It was nice to come back, I have a lot of great memories here," Miller said. "This is my home. As soon as the season is over, this is where Ill live. I wanted to get the win, but we werent able to tonight. But it does feel good to at least come back here and play one last time and contribute." Notes: Injured Minnesota reserves Jose Barea, Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic didnt travel with the team. ... Miller is in his 13th season and has said this will be his final one. He missed the first 19 games this season following microfracture surgery on his left knee. ... Marcus Thornton suffered a bruised left thigh in the first quarter and didnt return. ... The Timberwolves were 11 of 21 on 3-pointers. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys ' ' '
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