Following the Dallas Stars' game against the Detroit Red Wings earlier this week, there was a reminder of how much cross pollination there has been between these two teams in the congregating that took place in the hallway outside the two dressing rooms.
Former Red Wings player Patrick Eaves, along with his nine goals and fantastic beard, was chatting up longtime Red Wings employees in the hallway.
But it wasn’t until Stars GM Jim Nill (formerly an assistant GM in Detroit) was standing between Jimmy Howard and a bespectacled Johan Franzen that the idea registered of just how compatible these two rosters are.
Both teams have issues. The Stars have way too many NHL defensemen right now, a problem in the sense that coach Lindy Ruff has to make pairing and lineup decisions every night. It’s a pretty high-class problem.
The Red Wings are loaded with young forwards, but desperately need a good, young defenseman to add into the mix.