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Kings' Brown, Gaborik, Ducks' Manson, Vatanen left available in NHL expansion draft

Kings' Brown, Gaborik, Ducks' Manson, Vatanen left available in NHL expansion draft

The Kings did not include former team captain Dustin Brown and high-priced winger Marian Gaborik on the list of protected players they submitted in advance of Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft, but that doesn’t mean they will be free of the duo’s expensive contracts.

The NHL on Sunday released the lists of players who had been protected or were left available by their respective teams for the draft that will stock the Vegas Golden Knights, the league’s 31st franchise. Brown and Gaborik were among those available to be chosen by the Golden Knights, but Brown — who has five seasons left with a salary-cap hit of $5.875 million — and Gaborik — who has four more seasons at a cap hit of...

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