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Crazy days for Cory

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:49 AM ET

He went from the middle of the pack to the outhouse, then took a quick elevator ride up to the penthouse.

In between, Cory Cross sold his house in Edmonton, welcomed a baby girl into the world with his wife Shannon and even scored a goal.

BUSY BOY

All in all, it's been a busy seven weeks for the big defenceman from Lloydminster since the Oilers traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 26.

Cross, 35, was back in his old stomping grounds yesterday and tonight faces his former teammates for the first time since - not in the modest silks of the Penguins but draped in the winged wheel of the Detroit Red Wings, who acquired him at the NHL trade deadline.

"It's been a whirlwind," said Cross, who's played two games with the Red Wings.

"It's been crazy, but it's been a good crazy. It's been an emotional high all week. It's been fun."

Cross, who spent three seasons with the Oilers before being dealt with Jani Rita for Dick Tarnstrom, changed addresses again March 9 after six games with Pittsburgh when Detroit gave up a fourth-round pick to get him.

Suffice to say, one look around the dressing room tells Cross he's landed on his feet very nicely after an emotional exit from the Oilers, who dealt him when the team was on the road in Los Angeles.

"It's a really good bunch," he said. "The level of skill is just incredible. It brings out the best in everybody."

BOO AWAY

As for the reception he'll get tonight from Oilers fans, who rode him hard before the trade, Cross isn't worried about it.

"It doesn't really matter," he said. "I had three fun years here. Obviously, it's like my hometown. If they boo me, it's all right because I'm on the other team ... I don't touch the puck that much."


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