Maple Leafs, Red Wings eager to renew rivalry

Get used to seeing more of this when the Red Wings and Maple Leafs move into the Atlantic Division...

Get used to seeing more of this when the Red Wings and Maple Leafs move into the Atlantic Division together. (Reuters/Files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 PM ET

TORONTO - It’s been a while since we saw a gooey octopus plop onto the ice at a Maple Leafs home game, courtesy of a brash Red Wings fan.

Or since the raw emotions between the Leafs and Red Wings busted out for all to see, much like Wendel Clark and Bob Probert would exhibit during their numerous scraps when they attempted to turn each other’s mugs into a bloody mess.

For more than a decade, the Original Six rivalry between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings has barely registered a heartbeat, thanks to the NHL’s flawed logic of having two cities a mere 31/2 hours apart play in different conferences.

But after rubber-stamping some long-overdue realignment plans, the league has finally come to its senses and put these two long-time foes back in the same division, potentially recreating the type of ill-will between Motown and Hogtown exhibited by legends such as Ted Lindsay and George Armstrong more than half a century ago.


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