I'm not saying I wasn't disappointed by the trade deadline moves but it followed in line with Jarmo and Davidson's philosophy of building for the future without sacrificing the present. The Gaborik trade was not a salary dump, although that's the way it may appear from the outside. The Blue Jackets actually retained 50% of his remaining salary meaning they are paying the Kings to have him on their roster rather than the CBJ roster. The Gaborik trade was about acquiring additional assets to use for the future as we were not going to resign him for a multitude of reasons and would have been left with nothing at the end of the season.
As we have gotten healthy, available forward spots have become limited, as you mentioned in your post about Umby and Atkinson being benched in recent weeks. If Gaborik had still been here, that would have meant an additional "benching" at the forward spot on top of the ones we are already seeing. If anything requires second guessing, I would say it's their failure to hold leads late in the third period, not the moves that were made at the trade deadline.