Gaborik, Kings close to deal

The Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings and Marian Gaborik are closing in on a new contract, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday, although it is not a done deal. But the sides made important headway during the past three to four days.

Gaborik is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent July 1, but teams can start talking to him Wednesday. However, unless there's a last-minute hitch in the deal, it appears he's going to stay in L.A.

Another team could certainly jam things once the talking window opens; that's why it's no sure deal that Gaborik signs in L.A., but the sides are getting closer.