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Propp, Taylor left unprotected

Brian Propp of Minnesota and Dave Taylor of Los Angeles, a pair of 400-goal scorers, were among the players not protected by NHL teams for today's waiver draft.

Also among those on the unprotected-veterans list issued by the NHL on Saturday were defenseman Brad Marsh of the Ottawa Senators, goalie Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres, right wing Mike Foligno of the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Moe Mantha of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The salaries of some of these veterans may help persuade penny-wise teams from picking up their contracts.

A handful of young former first-round draft picks who didn't pan out are also up for grabs, including forward Dave Chyzowski of the New York Islanders (second overall in 1989), defenseman Dean Chynoweth of the Islanders (13th overall in 1987), defenseman Wayne McBean of the Islanders (fourth overall by Los Angeles in 1987), and forward Rob Cimetta of the Toronto Maple Leafs (18th overall by Boston in 1988).

The order of selection is the one used in the entry draft last June, starting with newcomers Tampa Bay and Ottawa. After the first round is done, Ottawa picks ahead of Tampa Bay.

No club may lose more than one player and no club may draft from a team in its own division.

The waiver draft is over when a round is completed in which no club makes a claim.

Eklund breaks ankle

PHILADELPHIA _ Pelle Eklund will miss four to six weeks because of a broken ankle, leaving the Philadelphia Flyers without part of their top line as the NHL season begins.

Eklund, who's scheduled to play left wing with Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi, broke his right ankle in the second period of an exhibition game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night in Atlanta. The team discovered the injury Friday.

"I saw it happen and I knew right away that it was bad," Flyers general manager Russ Farwell said.

Eklund was hit with a slap shot by Brian Benning during a power play. He hobbled off the ice and came back for another shift, but couldn't continue and left the Omni on crutches.

The loss left the Flyers without a proven scorer on left wing. Only three of the team's six regular left wings are available for Tuesday's season-opener in Pittsburgh. Andrei Lomakin is sidelined with sore ribs and Claude Booivin is out with a separated left shoulder.