Oh no, another ridiculous trade thought. I understand that you guys are just throwing trade banter back and forth but I don't think anyone is even close...
First, Gaborik is not going to be traded, I don't think ever, he was the first draft pick in Minnesota Wild history, he is the franchise, that would be like the Bruins trading Joe...Thornton...uhhh, oops...
Secondly, people are being generous by saying, "I'd give up a first round pick straight up for him", yeah so would I, Minnesota management would fall of their collective chairs laughing. First round pick (top 3), a pretty moderate/high end forward prospect (hm, Talbot, Christensen in that area at the very least) and since Minnesota will want to lose a defenseman in the deal, we'll probably end up with a Willie Mitchell or someone relatively uneffective (Ive seen him thrown around as a Penguin possibly before, he's nothing really special, injury prone, and makes some mistakes positionally, usually going for a hit, but anything is an improvement I should think) I think Daniel Tjarnqvist would be a better bet for us, much more sound, all around player, and won't make nearly as many mistakes as Willie Mitchell because he's not physical, let Brooksy be physical.
Hopefully Minnesota will allow us to d-man back there way as well, Cory Cross or fellow waste of space Lyle Odelein...I'm starting to ramble, so here's what I think would be just on fringe of reality for getting Gaborik (if he were up for trade at all)...
1st round pick (top 3 overall, hopefully for trade purposes)
Ryan Malone/Colby Armstrong/Jani Rita/Tomas Surovy (one or two of these guys)
I love Gaborik, he's awesome, I even have a the green Gaborik Wild jersey, among others, but this is just another franchise player to add to a team of futures franchisers...Marc Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby...it's a lackluster draft class compared to most, I definitely want to trade the first round pick, but I'm not sure I want a franchise player back, maybe like a collection of Steven Reinprecht's, Ales Kotalik's, Maxim Afinogenov's, Niko Kapanen's, Raffi Torres's, Radim Vrbata's, Stanislav Chistov's, Dainius Zubrus's, Alexei Ponikarovsky's, and Carlo Colaiacovo's and so on and so forth. Just my unsubstantiated opinion.