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Teams to watch on the draft trade market

The 2016 NHL draft gets underway Friday, and the surrounding trade chatter has the Rangers and Red Wings among five teams that could be most active.

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Final 2016 NHL mock draft

With the NHL draft set to begin on Friday, Corey Pronman unveils his final mock draft. Auston Matthews goes No. 1, but how do the picks align thereafter?

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NHL draft preview (2:45)
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On This Date: Blackhawks score two goals in 17 seconds, win Stanley Cup (0:50)
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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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Can expansion team in Vegas contend for playoffs? (1:31)
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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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NHL Trade Tracker

Here are all the details on all the deals made during the 2015-16 season, including up to the deadline -- and into the summer.

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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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Inside the NHL: Expansion, awards and the draft (8:58)
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Vegas vote, Stamkos' status among top 5 NHL storylines

Will the Las Vegas expansion vote pass? Can the Lightning keep Steven Stamkos? Will the draft be another blockbuster? Scott Burnside tackles the top topics heading into what could be a wild week.

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Bryant: Move to Vegas is a major crapshoot (0:51)

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The stage is set for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Tim Kavanagh Fantasy and Insider 

Maple Leafs fans outside First Niagara Center in Buffalo for the NHL draft tonight. One of them is wishing a bit harder than the other.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft from First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

On the top Russian playing in Russia German Rubtsov..... telling teams hes wants to be in NA next year. Should go high in CHL Import Draft.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Jamie Benn can sign an extension as of July 1 _ one year out. Both sides have a plan to hold talks and try and get that done this summer.

Final 2016 NHL mock draft

Friday's draft will be the last with just 30 teams in the first round. The Maple Leafs are on the clock. First round (Insider)

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ESPN @espn

On this day 3 years ago, the Blackhawks scored twice in 17 seconds to win the Stanley Cup. Watch it again, Chicago: es.pn/28VLZRQ

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Not sure Blackhawks can get new contract done with Andrew Shaw without moving Marcus Kruger. There's definitely trade interest in Shaw too.

Teams to watch on NHL trade market

The 2016 NHL draft gets started Friday night to begin what could be an active weekend of trades. Five active teams (Insider)

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Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

I've heard a lot of variance on defenseman Logan Stanley. Some NHL people like him in the top 15 like Sam Morin, others have outside top 45.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Panthers continue to talk to teams about trading Dmitri Kulikov. Could be on the move this weekend. Lots of teams looking for D.

The Sports Misery Index

Bill Barnwell unveils his Misery Index to determine the fans who have suffered the most. Cleveland passes its crown

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Auston Matthews to join rare club

The expected No. 1 pick in today's NHL draft is a Hispanic-American raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Notable Hispanic NHL players

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