Detroit is hopping, yo.
First, goalie Curtis Joseph got to start.
He had to like that.
The Wings lost to Nashville 5-3, though.
He had to hate that.
I wonder is St. Louis’ shellacking of Dom Hasek was any kind of factor in that decision (and by the way Hasek didn’t participate in the morning skate after that whomping. Interesting, no?).
Blues goaltender Chris Osgood, who was also displaced by Hasek, agrees it’s a crappy feeling. It’s got to be. The Wings just waived Osgood. That’s like getting dumped at the prom.
Um, er, or so I hear.
Anyway, Jim Kelley says he hears that Joseph won’t be picky about where he lands. While the word early this summer was that he was looking for a contender, now he’s realizing he just needs to play especially if next season is a lockout.
Finally, the Detroit Free Press has a long interview with Wings owner Mike Illitch.
Illitch, as many people know, owns the Wings, the Tigers (43-119 last season), and Little Caesars, the pizza chain. I kept waiting for this exchange in the interview:
Q: Let’s talk about the Tigers.
A: That was horrible when that one attacked Roy.
Q: No. I mean the baseball team.
A: Why do you want to talk about them?
Q: Because you own them.
A: No I don’t.
Q: Yes. You do.
A: I think you’re mistaken.
Q: Admit it. You own the Detroit Tigers.
A: I will only admit one thing. Pizza pizza.