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The NHL visits Las Vegas, baby!

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THe NHL is ready to roll the dice in Vegas this year
THe NHL is ready to roll the dice in Vegas this year
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Let's make a deal!

  • Trades are often sweetened by draft picks, so the approaching NHL Draft also means those trade talks are ramping up.  They sure should be for the Bruins... [WEEI]

  • One of the notable successes for Jim Benning was the selection of Zach Trotman , who went dead last in the draft on 2010 and now is NHL ready. [HockeyBuzz]

  • Speaking of young players, the Bruins will be relying on theirs as the present team ages. Watch  Alexander Khokhlachev and Joe Morrow . [TheHockeyNews]

  • Prominent Slovakian players have been nominated for NHL awards in the past, including one rather tall Bruin captain who won. (Google translation from Slovak) [SlovakNHL]

  • Meanwhile, projecting the NHL Draft, NESN thinks a nimble center/left winger is just the ticket for the Bruins' #14 pick. Bonus: 'MERICA! (With video, 3:26) [NESN]

  • Dougie Hamilton 's agent will be speaking with the Bruins at the NHL Draft about his client's situation. [WEEI]

  • A dual offer sheet strategy could bite the Bruins, and here's how it would work. [TSN]

  • The NHL Draft will sound the bell on a (relative) flurry of Bruins news. Having assessed their position, they are ready to make their moves. [HeraldNews]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Las Vegas prepares to host the NHL Awards and is strutting its stuff for the hockey community that it hopes will be part of its long-term future. [TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Local lad Noah Hanifin has made the most of his natural gifts, but the NHL Draft forces a tough decision about his future and whether Boston College will be in it. [BostonHerald]

  • This year's hockey market features an unusual dearth of free agent firepower, perhaps "its weakest crop of forwards ever."  [TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Make your plans, here's more information on the schedule and coverage. Award candidates and projections are here: [BleacherReport] About the Awards, entertainment, hosting, and special events: [NHL]

  • Together again? Aly Raisman will join Tyler Seguin among others in the annual ESPN "Body Issue." [TheBostonGlobe]

  • RFA Offer sheets used to be relatively rare- that may be changing. [TooManyMenOnTheSite]

  • Sit in on an interview with Tom Poraszka of GeneralFanager, who is hoping to fill the void left following the loss of CapGeek. [TodaysSlapShot]

  • Enjoy Katie Baker's meditation on hockey and donuts. [Grantland]

  • Jarret Stoll is facing felony charges, he is due to appear in court on July 1, which ironically is the start of NHL Free Agency. [PuckDaddy]

  • If you want to know why NHL scoring is down, just ask the snipers. [TorontoSun]

Joe Haggerty can kiss our ass