Before going on to ponder what is to come we take a look at the time that has passed as former Red Wing Mathieu Dandenault retires. A second-round pick for the Detroit Red Wings in 1994 he went on to win three Stanley Cups with the team.
Thank you from all of us for being part of bringing the Cup back to Hockeytown...
...now onto trying to bring it back again...
Euro Twin Powers Activate! So it appears thus far in the pre season that the Reunited line hasn't lost flair as Coach Mike Babcock has reunited Swedes Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg with Russian Pavel Datsyuk. Dave Waddell summed it up best:
Some things seem to fit naturally together no matter how many times you take them apart.
It's not just the storied veterans that are making news - so are the prospects as the youngsters impress vets in Wings win after the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks in the first game in a home-and-home schedule.
Youngsters are not the only ones trying to fit in in Hockeytown these days. Defenseman Ruslan Salei is fitting right in with the Wings according to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. Of course Salei has a leg up on that as he worked with Coach Babcock back when they were both with the Anaheim Ducks.
Last night's home game against the New York Rangers saw Brian Rafalski and Jiri Hudler suit up for the first time this season as both are back from being sidelined with injuries. George Sipple from the Free Press discusses how Rafalski jumps in with a 4-point game and Hudler looks right at hone in return at the Joe.
Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy was all over the Blackhawks fans booing Chris Chelios Heritage Night announcement at the home-and-home game at the United Center. Wyshynski discusses other players that have been swapped between the Red Wings and the Blackhawks over the years and why fans embrace some but boo others. The Chris Chelios Heritage Night will be an interesting start to a game seeing as the Blackhawks chose a game against the Red Wings (December 17).
Staying on the topic of the Blackhawks; Brian Hedger feels that the Cup win retchets up Hawks' rivalry with Wings About time that an Original 6 rivalry (other than the Canadiens and the Leafs) gave us all a little something to talk about. It's sad that is had become a distant memory to most of the league - maybe we'll start seeing some Toews/Kane vs Zetterberg/Datsyuk commercials instead of all of them being Alex the Great vs Sid the Kid.
Around the Region:
Plymouth Whalers had their home opener this past Friday night. Alex Aleardi had hat trick as the Whalers dealt out a 6-2 pounding to Barrie Colts.
Jason Menard discusses how Austin Levi has embraced leadership role for Plymouth Whalers while Tyler Seguin is fighting for a roster spot with the NHL's Boston Bruins.
The Windsor Star discusses how first-round draft pick for the Buffalo Sabres Zack Kassian was the first star in debut as he returned back to the Windsor Spitfires lineup after playing with the Sabres agianst the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Michigan WArriors lose 4-3 in shootout after blowing two-goal lead in third period in not only their season open but what is also their debut in the city of Flint. The Warriors outsed the long time Flint Generals as the hometown hockey club over the summer when they won the bid for the Perani Arena.