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June 17, 2017 | 11:20am ET
King still trying to trade Gaborik

The Los Angeles Kings continue to comb through the NHL in an attempt to find a suitor for veteran right wing Marian Gaborik

Gaborik, 35, has four-years left on his contract at an annual salary cap hit of $4.875 million.

The Kings tried moving Gaborik during the regular-season, as TFP was first reported at the time, but could not find a deal that worked. With Rob Blake now running the ship as GM, he is now trying to find a new home for Gaborik to help free up some salary cap space.

Sources have told TFP the Kings were continuously frustrated with Gaborik's performance and effort levels throughout the regular-season and would like to trade him, if they can find a taker.

Trading Gaborik won't be simple, though, as the Kings would need to include additional assets as incentive to take on his hefty contract.

The Vegas Golden Knights, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, were one of the teams the Kings had spoken to about Gaborik, but a trade could not be reached.

Meanwhile, the Kings do not plan on protecting winger and former captain Dustin Brown in the expansion draft, but if the Knights do not select him, L.A. is happy to keep him.

A trade involving Brown does not appear to be imminent, though talks can change quickly, but unless the Knights select him, the Kings plan on using him in their top-six forward group next season.


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