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Expansion, trades, & Las Vegas - oh, my!

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  • It's the last Puck Daddy playoff eulogy of the year, and you know what that means - it's the Tampa Bay Lightning's turn. Huh. Now I don't feel so bad about my lame Detroit Red Wings eulogy a couple of months ago. Thanks, J.J.! [Puck Daddy]
  • Strange things are afoot in Las Vegas, and some of them even have to do with the NHL. I hear that there's some kind of awards shindig going on there, so hockey media types are naturally flocking there early. ...Something something getting married by an Elvis impersonator something something.... By the way, Tukwila isn't a region; it's a city. [ESPN]
  • But...wait! There's more about Vegas! Expansion versus location versus gambling versus all kinds of wacky things. And, really, what else have we all got going on right now, anyways? [New York Times]
  • Speaking of Vegas, here are Lyle Richardson's picks for who will win what at the NHL Awards Show. No, seriously. They really are right here. [Spector's Hockey]
  • While the whole concept of offer sheets is fun for the casual fan, the media sure have been talking them up a lot in the past week or two. Makes you wonder if something's in the air, or if they're trying to create an interest in them among general managers. Either way, it's doubtful that they'll happen - no matter who the RFA is that they're talking about. [CBS Sports]
  • You like line graphs, don't you? Of course you do. I mean, who doesn't get excited by linear regression models, right? Anyways, here's what parity means in the NHL these days. [Winging It In Motown]
  • Tom Poraszka, creator of General Fanager, was interviewed about creating his new site and what CapGeek meant to many fans. For armchair general managers, sites like this are invaluable. For media, it's a great tool to have available as well. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The San Jose Sharks, to put is simply, are a mess. But, they're in need of defensemen. So be a pal, Yzerman, and pass one along to them so I have a reason to remember that the Sharks actually play here in San Jose. [CSN Bay Area]