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Gaborik signs

Published Sep. 2, 2005

Restricted free agent Marian Gaborik signed a multiyear deal with the Wild, four days after the sides traded terse statements suggesting a long impasse might continue.

The All-Star right wing left town Monday after saying he was "very disappointed" that nothing was accomplished after two face-to-face meetings with Wild management.

But Gaborik, who rejected one offer this summer and another two days before training camp, returned to the Twin Cities on Thursday night. He agreed to his contract Friday morning in time for practice.

"I wanted to play," Gaborik said. "That's the most important thing right now."

Gaborik was first represented by Allan Walsh, but on Oct. 13 he told Walsh's partner, David Schatia, to take over the negotiations. Two days later, Gaborik left his native Slovakia for Minnesota hoping a deal could be done.

He switched agents again this week, choosing Ron Salcer _ who works for another firm. Speaking after practice, Gaborik wouldn't elaborate on his decision or much of anything else.

"What happened in the past, happened in the past," he said. "Maybe some things didn't have to happen, but what I wanted to do was come back."