The reactions to Gaborik's extension can be left here.
Twenty closest cap-hit comparisons for #LAKings Marian Gaborik. See who stacks up against Gabby. Even with the term, it's not a horrible contract.
LA Kings Insider
RESULTS OF NHL ALL-STAR AND AWARD VOTING The NHL Awards were yesterday. Only one of the Kings who was nominated actually won anything but that's because it was a stupid award handpicked by Mark Messier.
MATISYAHU WRITES, PERFORMS SONG ABOUT THE KINGS It's kinda weird but kinda cool, I guess. I mean, artists are now writing songs about the Kings. So uhhh awesome.
Kings Vision has some highlights from yesterday's award show.
VIDEO: Jonathan Quick is recognized for winning the Jennings Trophy during the NHL Awards on 6/24/14. http://t.co/PrvaGqBpKg— Kings Vision (@KingsVision) June 25, 2014
Aside from a totally wasted Cuba Gooding, Jr., this was the best part of the entire show.
And finally, a behind-the-scenes look at the Kings' Championship Parade from downtown LA a week ago.
Pierre LeBrun has the final details of Gaborik's contract.
Gaborik breakdown: $6.075 M each of first 3 yrs; $5.075 M in 17-18; $4.575 M in 18-19; $3.175 M in 19-20; $3.075 M in 20-21— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 25, 2014
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Nikita Nikitin Signs In Edmonton The pending UFA agreed to a two year, $4.5 million deal.
NHL advanced stats: Who drives the bus in the Western Conference? An interesting look at who actually drives possession for each Western Conference team and which line is doing the most work. It's not really about individuals, I think it's more so just a look at top six versus bottom six in general.