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Red Wings won't tear it down to aid search for difference-makers

Defenseman Green, goalie Mrazek two players who might be moved by Trade Deadline

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

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings will not hold a clearance sale before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 26.

They have two players they'll look to move: pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Mike Green and restricted free agent goalie Petr Mrazek, who they probably won't extend a qualifying offer.

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Sunday Long Read

Barkov brings unique two-way game to Panthers, game film shows

Viewing video with Florida coaches reveals what makes center so effective

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

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The first video clip runs for a few seconds. Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner spots something already.

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Engelland hitting new heights with Golden Knights

35-year-old defenseman playing best hockey of NHL career for first-year team

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

Twelve members of the Vegas Golden Knights have reached or exceeded their NHL career highs for points with 26 games to go in the regular season. Eleven are 29 or younger.

One is 35.

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Kesler fighting through pain of hip rehabilitation to play for Ducks

Forward knows he won't be healthy until after season but wants to help Anaheim reach playoffs

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

To appreciate what Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler has been enduring, hold your index fingers about six inches apart.

"The needles I use are probably this big," Kesler said.

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Fleury welcomed back by Penguins fans with open arms

Pittsburgh shows its appreciation for Golden Knights goalie

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

PITTSBURGH -- The moment came 6:57 into the first period Tuesday. During the first TV timeout, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skated behind his net, squirted water in his face, leaned on his stick and looked up at the scoreboard screen at PPG Paints Arena.

His old hockey life flashed before his eyes, a tribute to everything he did for the Pittsburgh Penguins. There he was going No. 1 in the 2003 NHL Draft, making acrobatic saves, lifting the Stanley Cup, interacting with fans. The final image: Fleury riding in a championship parade, fans flanking him, city surrounding him. The message: "THANK YOU, MARC-ANDRE."

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Fleury still loved in Penguins locker room

Golden Knights goalie returns to Pittsburgh for first time as opponent Tuesday

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

PITTSBURGH -- The old ointment-in-the-underwear trick. Oh, Marc-Andre Fleury got Tom Kuhnhackl. Got him good. After the Pittsburgh Penguins practiced one day, Kuhnhackl showered, dressed and headed home. He didn't get far before he started to, uh, overheat.

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Sharks take long-term view as NHL Trade Deadline nears

GM Wilson won't give up young talent, high picks for rentals despite Thornton injury

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

DETROIT -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is not interested in paying a high price for a pending unrestricted free agent before the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26 after losing center Joe Thornton to a knee injury.

But he would like to add one or two top-end forwards before the trade deadline or in the offseason. He lost forward Patrick Marleau to the Toronto Maple Leafs in free agency July 1.

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Fisher ready for grind of one more run at Cup with Predators

Center changes plan, decides to come out of retirement after falling short with Nashville last year

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

Does he have the legs? The lungs?

The heart?

Those are the questions about center Mike Fisher coming out of retirement with the Nashville Predators for the stretch run and the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as much of a feel-good story as it might be.

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Jagr's work ethic, NHL career were epic

Likely Hall of Famer left indelible mark on teammates, sport

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com

If this is it, if this really is the end of Jaromir Jagr's NHL career, it's oddly appropriate for one of the greatest players of all time -- struggling with the Calgary Flames at age 45, returning to play for the team he owns in his hometown of Kladno, Czech Republic.

Jagr will be remembered for more than his 1,921 points, second to Wayne Gretzky's 2,857 in a century of NHL history; or his 766 goals, third to Gretzky's 894 and Gordie Howe's 801; or his five scoring titles or his MVP season or his two Stanley Cup championships.

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All-Star Game

Kucherov makes All-Star Game memorable for Lightning fans

Forward gets hat trick on home ice

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

TAMPA -- This kind of play, this kind of moment, was why we watched the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

Nikita Kucherov skated across the blue line, took a pass from Steven Stamkos and broke in alone on goaltender Braden Holtby. A left-handed shot, Kucherov squared to Holtby, then deked left.

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