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3hScott Burnside

Who will land big fish Stamkos?

As the clock ticks toward the start of Friday's free-agency frenzy, here's a primer on the suitors for the top potential prize -- Steven Stamkos -- and other coveted free agents-to-be.

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Hockey Today: Draft reaction, free agency, more

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun share their takes on the NHL draft, recent trades and what may happen in free agency. Plus, Coyotes cocah Dave Tippett and Blues scout Keith Tkachuk stop by.

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NHL Trade Tracker

A look at all recent deals in the NHL, including trades made during the 2015-16 season and those that happened before and during the 2016 draft.

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2016 NHL draft grades

With the 2016 NHL draft in the books, Corey Pronman grades all 30 teams on their hauls, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets leading the way.

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2016 NHL draft tracker

Who did your team select in the NHL draft? What about their biggest rivals? Check out every pick made over seven rounds and two days.

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Flames, Coyotes improve over draft weekend (3:50)
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Hockey Today: Talking draft with Pronman

In a bonus edition of Hockey Today, Scott Burnside chats with ESPN hockey writer and NHL draft guru Corey Pronman about each team's haul from this year's draft and more.

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Auston Matthews ready to make his mark

Will the top draft pick be the light who leads the Leafs out of decades of darkness? Matthews, 18, rejects the savior label. "I want to be an impact player," he says, "but hockey's a team game."

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Photos: NHL awards from Las Vegas

The NHL awards can be large on cheese and short on teeth, the perfect combination for Las Vegas! So what better way to tell the story than through photos? Behold.

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NHL to Vegas, league awards, Draft primer

Scott Burnside and Craig Custance react to the NHL's expansion to Las Vegas, winners of the league awards and P.K. Subban as trade bait. Plus, Oilers C Connor McDavid and Predators D Shea Weber stop by.

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How the NHL can make it work in Las Vegas

Building an actual team will only be part of the equation for the league's newest franchise. Players and staff must also create a connection with the community.

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This is what we'd call the Las Vegas team

With Las Vegas now seemingly in line for an expansion team, here's a look at the suggested nicknames and logos the ESPN.com team came up with for a team in the desert.

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NHL logos redesigned with Vegas flair

Las Vegas and the NHL have been in the news a lot lately -- with the promise of more to come. So it got us thinking: What would today's team logos look like with a Vegas theme?

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What skates in Vegas stays in Vegas (3:21)
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Our Las Vegas expansion franchise roster

If Vegas were to get a team today, the expansion pool would be fairly good for defensemen and goalies, but for forwards ... not so much. We drafted a team anyway.

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Chinese team to join Kontinental Hockey League

The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets.

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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Eric Lindros said he'd be lying if he said he didn't know the date or time when HHOF selection committee was voting. Love that honesty.

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Rogie Vachon: ``After a while you sort of don't wait anymore because I didn't think probably I would make it. Incredibly surprised.''

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Lindros on conference call: ``I haven't stopped smiling since Lanny gave the phone call that things are the way they are. Truly honored''

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Winning the Stanley Cup three times as a player with the Penguins, Hurricanes and Bruins, along with winning this season as a member of Pittsburgh's hockey operations staff, I can't figure out why Mark Recchi was passed over again for the Hall of Fame.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Disappointed no women voted in for women's player category. Whether it's Cassie Campbell or Danielle Goyette or others, lots of candidates

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Mark Recchi, Dave Andreychuck, Doug Wilson, Alex Mogilny, Paul Kariya, Curtis Joseph, Theo Fleury among many passed over again...

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class: Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn. Mark Recchi deserved induction too.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn your 2016 HHOF class. Terrific choices. Long overdue for the Big E.