Crossover for Cross

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

DETROIT -- Cory Cross isn't worried about being booed as a Detroit Red Wing in Edmonton.

He was booed out of town as an Oiler.

Now he's here with a chance to win a Stanley Cup with the league's top team if the Red Wings can get by Edmonton in the always very scary first round of the playoffs.

"Kinda funny, huh? I wondered if this was going to happen. I could see it coming about a month ago," said Cross, the former U of A Golden Bear who played parts of the last three seasons before being traded to Pittsburgh and then sent to Detroit earlier this year.

Cross, who is unlikely to be in the starting lineup for Game 1 here tonight, has spent the last few days as a consultant for the Red Wings - helping with their scouting reports on the Oilers.

"They asked me to look at the scouting reports and I told them 'You got it right on.'

"I told them there wasn't much I could add to the scouting report that they had."

It's been a real ride for Cross since he came here.

"Until the last game of the schedule in Nashville, this team hadn't lost a game in regulation time since I came here.

"It's been a real roller-coaster for me. To end up here and going against the Oilers in the first round ... I guess it fits the profession. You see this sort of thing all the time. It was a good move to come here. This is once in a lifetime. Not too many opportunities come along like this."

He says he's been telling his team-mates what it will be like in Edmonton for Game 3 when the series switches to Rexall Place.

"I know how it is there at playoff time," he said. "You can't hear yourself think. It's going to be crazy. It's a great atmosphere to play."

Dan Cleary and Kirk Maltby are former Oilers also on the Red Wings.

"It's going to be an exciting time for me for sure," said Cleary.

"I'm ready to go."

Maltby has been a Red Wing since the 1995-96 season.

"It's been a long time for me," he said. "Ryan Smyth is the only one still on that team since I was there.

"But it's going to be a neat thing. I was drafted there. That's where I got my start in the league. They gave me a chance. I'm not all bent about the Oilers being the team that traded me or anything. There's nothing there that way," he said.


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