"I look at the (lineup) sheet. I know the depth chart. I know how old I am. I know who they like, who is going to be a depth guy. It's not rocket science to me anymore. The chance of me being in Grand Rapids is pretty close to 100 per cent. I have to just go out there and show them I can still play in this league just in case something does happen during the season so they can call me up and I'll be reliable. That's pretty much my goals."
Delmore won the 2005-2006 Eddie Shore award for the AHL's Best Defenseman. He's no slouch, but he's going to have to battle hard to stay ahead of the young guns like Jakub Kindl as first call-up if something goes wrong. Though I could see Kenny using his ability and NHL experience in certain situations as a calming presence. Either way, the man, who's scored 43 goals and 101 points in 283 career NHL games, seems to have a good head on his shoulders. And we always dig that in Detroit.