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Team Reset

Red Wings sign Vanek to help forwards, Bernier for goaltending depth

Zadina could have impact with Zetterberg's status uncertain

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Detroit Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings are in transition.

After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for 25 straight seasons, they have missed them back to back. They are trying to keep a winning culture and remain competitive, while slowly turning over the team to younger players.

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Fleury extension shows Golden Knights have faith in him

At 33, contract on par with what 'top goaltenders are being paid,' GM says

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

How can you not love Marc-Andre Fleury? 

After the 33-year-old goaltender agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday, he was asked if he was comfortable being the face of the franchise.

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Neal departure ends 'Golden Misfits' era in Vegas

Forward who coined nickname signs with Flames, leaving in search of new identity

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

The "Golden Misfits" are no more.

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Tavares homecoming to Maple Leafs comes with extra pressure

Picking Toronto brings 'unique challenge' of playing where he grew up

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

John Tavares used to return to Toronto quietly. He would go back to his hometown each summer and skate at the arena where he played for the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League as a 12-, 13- and 14-year-old.

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Bylsma enjoying Detroit homecoming as Red Wings assistant

Michigan native won Stanley Cup with Penguins in 2009

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- After the first day of development camp on Tuesday, Dan Bylsma drove from the Detroit Red Wings' new home, Little Caesars Arena, to his hotel downtown. He passed their old home, Joe Louis Arena.

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Zadina out to prove he deserves spot on Red Wings roster

No. 6 pick in Draft has 'awesome feeling' skating in Detroit for first time

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- Filip Zadina had never been to Detroit, never been to Little Caesars Arena, never seen anything like the spectacular home of the Detroit Red Wings that opened less than a year ago. He said he was impressed two steps into his first visit Monday.

"I was like, 'Wow,' " Zadina said.

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Red Wings getting younger, looking toward future after Draft

Add Zadina, Veleno; want to play fast, score more on power play

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

The Detroit Red Wings have a stronger foundation for their rebuild following the 2018 NHL Draft, especially with the addition of right wing Filip Zadina, the No. 6 pick, and could look a lot younger as soon as 2018-19.

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Tavares has 'earned right' to talk with other teams, Islanders GM says

Forward can become unrestricted free agent July 1; New York remains confident

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DALLAS -- John Tavares might have a wandering eye, but New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello isn't letting him out of his sight.

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Dahlin has 'amazing' night as No. 1 pick by Sabres in 2018 NHL Draft

Defenseman celebrates with family, feels love from Buffalo fans

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DALLAS -- The Buffalo Sabres took the stage at American Airlines Center on Friday, and the clock counted down to the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. In Row C of Section 120, Martin Dahlin leaned across to say something to his son Rasmus.

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NHL Draft

Dahlin the scoring defenseman Sabres need, GM says ahead of NHL Draft

Botterill calls consensus No. 1 pick 'a student of the game'

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DALLAS -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill would not declare Rasmus Dahlin the No. 1 pick Friday morning.

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