Some thoughts on everything...
Steve Yzerman - Very happy he's back. Stevie was probably one of the guys most speculated to retire. This season will pretty much be a 41-game Steve Yzerman celebration.
Chris Osgood - Happy he's back too. Despite being a shaky goalie at times, he's still the 2nd most winningest goalie in team history (behind only Terry Sawchuk). And, he's one of five active goalies to start for a Cup winning team. This can only be good for Ozzie.
Ticket prices - Unlike every other team in the league, the Wings will continue to have breathtakingly high ticket prices. The only handout to fans is giftcards for 5% of their tickets. So, depending on where you sit, Mike Ilitch is giving you about 1-3 free beers for your season ticket money. Welcome back! Although I think the big rebate was the signing of Osgood, so Wings fans could just dig deep into their closets for a jersey of the "new" goalie, instead of paying $275 for one.
Future signings - The Wings signed Tomas Kopecky today, a left wing from Grand Rapids, the Wings' main minor league team. The Wings' roster as of now:
Forwards - Kris Draper, Johan Franzen (Swedish rookie), Tomas Holmstrom, Tomas Kopecky, Robert Lang, Kirk Maltby, Mark Mowers, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman
Defensemen - Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jamie Rivers, Mathieu Schneider
Goalies - Manny Legace, Chris Osgood
Ken Holland, the GM, has got to sign Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. With about 8.5 million to go, Pavel should be getting around 2.5 million, and Zetterberg should get around 3 to 3.5 million. That will leave around two million to sign two or three more third/fourth line forwards.
One of the little things that I miss most about hockey are the occasional tripleheader Saturdays. Usually, this consists of an afternoon Red Wings game, followed by the Leafs on Hockey Night In Canada and a western Canadian team on HNIC after that. All told, I usually watch about 78-80 Red Wings games a year (missing a couple due to events or West Coast games), about 35-40 Maple Leafs games a year (thanks to HNIC), about 15-20 random nationally televised games, and every playoff game possible. About 165 games a year. I'm excited for October 5th.