Deals, rumors and story lines on the eve of draft day

Updated: June 20, 2008, 12:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

OTTAWA -- It seems like a long time ago that the NHL shook off its post-lockout cobwebs and gathered in Ottawa for a truncated version of the 2005 entry draft.

Apart from knowing the Pittsburgh Penguins were going to draft Sidney Crosby with the first overall pick, little was known about what direction the league was headed.

Now, preparing for the fourth post-lockout draft, general managers have a clearer picture of the NHL landscape. In many ways, the news has been good. ...

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