Here are my thoughts on the new team after watching opening night.
What I like...
*James Sheppard and Owen Nolan. These guys are the new grit leaders on the team.
*Eric Belanger is off to another fast start
*Derek Boogard is looking for the front of the net
*Colton Gilles also showed the ability to create space
What I didn't like...
*Despite a goal, D Bergeron's debut was marred by pretty bad puckhandling errors. We'll hope that was just first game nerves and will correct itself soon.
What we wonder about...
*How long will Gaborik stay in Minnesota now that they seem to be at an impasse, the franchise player played well in his opener.
*What will become of that other free agent.. G Niklas Backstrom looked terrible in the first period Saturday, but settled it to a strong game. Still one wonders if he'll be dealt at the deadline.
Up Next, Southeast roadtrip for the Wild. I like them against Atlanta and Florida, I'll be curious to look at Tampa Bay's team under the Melrose regime.