Hooray! Sort of!
It is cool that top flight professional hockey will be played in North America this season, yes, but I will not go nuts over its belated return. We lost a Winter Classic and thus the opportunity to watch the Wings lose to the Leafs on national television, we lost three months of Pavel Datsyuk, and the league will be empowered to do this all over again when we keep watching these games because that's how this whole thing works and it's shitty.
But a lot of cool people get to go back to work, and not just the ones on the ice, so that's a good thing. It will be cool to do the Winging It podcast again and not talk about lockout things. And jokin' around with all of you clowns again is going to be great.
Now, a reminder of five things that actually happened in case you forgot:
1) JORDIN TOOTOO IS ACTUALLY A RED WING
This may not be true. If I cover my eyes every time the camera is on him and I don't acknowledge it with my thinking brain and stuff then maybe he'll like go away.
2) MIKAEL SAMUELSSON IS ACTUALLY A RED WING AGAIN
I am still laughing about this. I love it. You probably hate it and I love that you hate it. Hi Jeff.
3) THE DETROIT RED WINGS MIGHT ACTUALLY NOT BE THAT GOOD
We'll see. The Wings lost in five games in the first round of the playoffs last year and then got worse over the summer. But with a weird ass schedule and a bunch of new CBA details that I haven't cared to look over that will probably alter a number of teams, who knows how things will shake out. There is no result to this season that would surprise me.
4) OUR TOP DEFENSIVE PAIR IS ACTUALLY NIKLAS KRONWALL AND IAN WHITE
5) NICK LIDSTROM ACTUALLY RETIRED
And so we drop the puck (LOL) on the 6th season of The Triple Deke, which is a website still. Let's have fun, friends.