Four Las Vegas NHL team mock logos

Las Vegas logos.

Now that we know the NHL is getting serious about opening up shop in Las Vegas, let’s dive into a matter more pressing than how an expansion or relocated club would fare at the gate.

What will they be called?

As with any new sports franchise, new owners run the very real risk of bestowing an awkward, boring or nonthreatening nickname on the team. Or a faddy one with a very quick expiry date.

For obvious reasons, the last thing the league wants is a nickname associated with gambling connotations. So, monikers like the the “Las Vegas D’Ice” or “Vegas Aces” are probably non-starters, even though the latter has an awesome ring to it.

Earlier this month, we came up with seven lucky nicknames and with the help of the talented folks at the Sportsnet Magazine art department we decided to have some fun and draw up some mock logos.

We know the team's prospective owner is somewhat partial to Black Knights, but which one of these logos do you like best? Let us know below.

Las Vegas Posse

Let's resurrect the Posse. Seriously. Although the Canadian Football League's ill-advised experiment with U.S. expansion left little that should be remembered -- certainly not the Posse's lone season, a 5-13 flop in 1994 -- it did brainstorm up one heck of a nickname. Posse suggests togetherness, ruggedness and cribs from Nevada's Wild West lore. It's a badass name. Who cares if it's been used before? We all know you can't have too much posse.

Las Vegas Locomotives

Another short-lived professional Vegas sports franchise, the Locomotives -- and the United Football League to which they belonged -- existed from 2009 through 2012. But the name is pretty sweet. And the prospect of a burly, charging steam engine splashed on a hockey sweater is exciting. It could give the club a classic look.

Las Vegas Rattlers

There is precedent for a new major franchise stealing its name from a former pro team from another sport (see: Rockies, Colorado). So we take no issue with the NHL club jacking its name from the former American Basketball Association team. Rattlesnakes are loud and intimidating. Hey, remember when Master P played for them?

Las Vegas Black Knights
OK, so it's not the worst idea in the world...