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World's top hockey players are cautiously excited about an NHL expansion gamble in Vegas @NHL

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - If the NHL decides to gamble on an expansion franchise in the Nevada desert, most of the world's top hockey players are cautiously optimistic that the ice wouldn't melt.

The growing possibility of NHL expansion to Las Vegas is a popular topic among players and executives this week with the league in town for its post-season awards show and executive meetings. The league could even announce the opening of a formal expansion process Wednesday.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is among several players who believe the league must make sure a team would work financially to avoid the problems of other Sun Belt franchises.

But many players believe Sin City's glamour and growing population would make for a hit in the rink and off the ice.

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