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If you grew up in the heyday of the legendary rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, you'd have an easier time finding a needle in a haystack rather than see individuals from either side pay the other a complement. However, we've seen exactly that happen this week.
Of course, it certainly helps that the Red Wings and Avalanche are no longer bitter rivals, but it still may cause even the most die hard fans to cock their heads a bit.
Both the Red Wings and Avalanche feature two of the best young defenseman in the game today, with current reigning Norris Trophy winner and Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Cale Makar patrolling the blue line for Colorado, while reigning Calder Trophy winner Moritz Seider has already made a name for himself in the Motor City.
And for Seider, who will be entering his second NHL season when the Red Wings hit the ice this fall, he has a fan in Makar. Per Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News:
Seider followed in Makar's footsteps this year, becoming only the 3rd defenseman to earn the NHL's Rookie of the Year honors in the last eight years, and the 13th overall. And while Makar and the Avalanche certainly earned their championship hardware this season, we're hopeful in Detroit that it will soon be the Red Wings taking their rightful place among the upper echelon of NHL teams.