Talking with Brad Ratgen, the Minnesota Wild Correspondant on Hockeybuzz about the latest with forward Marian Gaborik's supposed contract talks ith the organization. Contract negotitations should be commencing shortly (although it has been reported that they have started already). His agent, Ron Salcer is back from vacation, which will speed up the process because Salcer and the Wild "seem to be able to work together and get deals done", just like the last time Gaborik and the Wild were involved in talks.
Ratgen also says that he "wouldn't be surprised if he re-signed a HUGE deal and I wouldn't be surprised if he simply asks for too much as a way to save face without saying he wants to leave."
And on a quick note, Michael Russo from the StarTribune.com cites Salcer as saying that he denies any rumor of Gaborik ever thinking about playin in Russia. But as we have seen in the exile of many players to the new KHL and such, it is absolutley a possibility.