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Red Wings believe pieces in place for return to playoffs

Athanasiou, Larkin, Mantha must take next step; Daley, Witkowski added to roster

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 have not gone into a full rebuild while building a new rink.

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Rick Tocchet felt Coyotes job right one to take

Former Arizona player, assistant coach enthusiastic about young talent, market potential

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

Rick Tocchet could have waited. Had he not taken the Arizona Coyotes coaching job Tuesday, he could have stayed with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an assistant. He could have kept working with stars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, and tried to win the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row. Another opportunity probably would have come.

Maybe a better one. Dave Tippett, one of the most respected coaches in the NHL, just left Arizona after eight seasons saying it was time for a change. The Coyotes missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth straight season and averaged 13,094 fans, ahead of only the Carolina Hurricanes. The long-term arena situation is still uncertain.

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Onus on Oilers to make Connor McDavid's contract worth it

Must surround 20-year-old with strong supporting cast after giving him $100 million

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

One hundred million? He's worth it. One hundred percent.

The Edmonton Oilers signed center Connor McDavid to an eight-year, $100 million contract extension Wednesday. That is the richest contract signed under the current collective bargaining agreement.

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Joe Thornton's heart was always in San Jose

Veteran center decides to stay with Sharks despite longtime teammate Patrick Marleau's departure

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

Joe Thornton spent days trading text messages and phone calls with Patrick Marleau. The two veteran forwards were unrestricted free agents for the first time in their NHL careers, wooed by teams around the League.

Thornton decided to return to the San Jose Sharks. He wanted Marleau to return too, so badly apparently he was willing to take less money to make it happen. General manager Doug Wilson said Thornton agreed to a one-year contract on Friday with different versions of compensation depending on the circumstances.

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Maple Leafs 'thrilled' to bring in veteran Patrick Marleau

Coach Mike Babcock believes roster will provide 'fountain of youth' for 37-year-old forward

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

When the Toronto Maple Leafs began pursuing Patrick Marleau in free agency, coach Mike Babcock didn't write the veteran forward into the lineup with young talents Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander just yet.

"You're hoping like crazy," Babcock said. "But you don't think you've got a sniff, right?"

Marleau had been with the San Jose Sharks for two decades, since they took him No. 2 in the 1997 NHL Draft. He is their leader in games played (1,493), goals (508) and points (1,082). He and his wife had four sons 11 and under.

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Joe Thornton's future with Sharks could be tied to Patrick Marleau

Center hoping to stay in San Jose, but could leave as free agent if longtime teammate doesn't re-sign

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

Joe Thornton wants to keep playing with Patrick Marleau, preferably with the San Jose Sharks. He made that clear after the Sharks lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference First Round.

"Hopefully I can come back and Patty can come back," Thornton told reporters then. "I think this is a very good team. I think this is a Stanley Cup-caliber team. I really believe that."

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Predators seeking top-six forward, says GM David Poile

Trades, free agency being explored after Nashville lost James Neal in NHL Expansion Draft

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

CHICAGO -- In the 2 1/2 days Nashville Predators general manager David Poile spent at the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, he talked to just about all of his counterparts around the League. He had nothing to announce when he left Saturday, but that could change soon.

The Western Conference champions have a hole to fill after losing left wing James Neal to the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft. They could have another if Mike Fisher, their captain and second-line center, retires.

"If we could get a top-six forward, that would probably be my first choice," Poile said.

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Golden Knights in 'pretty good place' after busy year ends at NHL Draft

Vegas GM George McPhee happy with plan, results following hectic 12 months launching new NHL franchise

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

CHICAGO -- It was over. Not just the busy week, but the busy year launching the Vegas Golden Knights -- hiring the staff, scouting professionals and amateurs, preparing for the NHL Expansion Draft and the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, and finally executing the plan.

George McPhee said as a general manager, you know when you've done a good job and when you haven't. When he stood up from the Vegas table on the floor of United Center on Saturday, he told his staff members they had done an excellent job.

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NHL Draft

Cody Glass, Nick Suzuki, Erik Brannstrom part of Golden Knights' future

Vegas adds key pieces with three first-round selections at NHL Draft

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

CHICAGO -- Cody Glass has been to Las Vegas once before. He was 10 years old, playing for a team called the Junior Steelers in a summer tournament at a community rink. He walked The Strip, looked at the lights, felt the heat and thought it was nothing like at home in Winnipeg.

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Golden Knights have to nail NHL Draft

Vegas has 13 picks, including six in first two rounds, can't afford to waste them

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

CHICAGO -- The Vegas Golden Knights took advantage of the NHL Expansion Draft to put themselves in a great position for the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas.

Now they must take advantage of that to put themselves in a great position to contend for the Stanley Cup someday.

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