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Vegas holds all the cards in NHL expansion draft

Vegas holds all the cards in NHL expansion draft

It was 114 degrees in Las Vegas at mid-afternoon Tuesday. A dry heat, yes, but it’s scorching and not a natural habitat for hockey.

This is the place, amid excessive heat warnings and visitors clutching slot-machine tickets and casino-branded souvenir cups, that the National Hockey League will stake the icy flag of its 31st franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. And it’s here, in the most non-traditional of the NHL’s non-traditional hockey markets, that the Golden Knights will announce their picks Wednesday from the discards, expendables and few potential gems available in the expansion draft.

The NHL counts this as its eighth expansion because it lumps together several that...

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