The buyout takes effect prior to the 2013-14 season and 2013-14 is the last season that Gaborik is under contract.
Staple writes "As for Gaborik, guy played his rear off in 11-12, played w/ pain. Tough to drop him. But need to lock up McDonagh/Stepan/Kreider greater."
Gaborik's cap hit is $7.5 million and he has a no-trade clause.
Adam Rotter: I think a more likely route would be Gaborik getting traded rather than bought out. Gaborik has far too much value to just be sent away for nothing, but cap space, because of his cap number.