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Perfect timing for awards' Vegas debut

Updated: June 17, 2009, 9:55 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Could the National Hockey League have picked a better summer to step outside the box and move its annual awards ceremony to the city that never sleeps?

Fresh off a stellar playoff season that concluded with a nail-biting seven-game Stanley Cup finals series between Pittsburgh and Detroit and just days after a huge victory in the legal battle over the future of the Phoenix Coyotes, the league will try to spice up its image even further with a couple of days in the desert ...

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