I love veterans like Joe Nieuwendyk. They have so much history in the league. Every place they play in and visit has meaning.
Take his return to Dallas as a Maple Leaf. He’s bringing former Dallas goalie Eddie Belfour with him. And he’s even bringing Bryan Marchment, who infamously blew out Nieuwendyk’s knee in a dirty play back in the 1998 playoffs. Shockingly, Marchment wasn’t even a Leaf yet. I guess he just played like one.
So Nieuwendyk brought Dallas’ old goalie and a team villain into town with him. It was like a living hockey history tour.
Oh. And just to put some icing on the cake, Nieuwendyk knocked in the game-winner for Toronto.
Never let it be said the man can’t make an entrance or an exit.