We’re a day away from the Notre Dame game. More information on that is below, but there’s also other news involving some former Spartans that are now in the pros.
A lockout is looming for the NHL, but former MSU hockey standout Justin Abdelkader has agreed to a new deal.
The Detroit Red Wings announced this morning that they have agreed to a four-year deal with Abdelkader.
Abdelkader had eight goals and 14 assists for the Red Wings last season. While at Munn for MSU’s pro camp last month, Abdelkader expressed how much he’s enjoyed playing for the Red Wings throughout his NHL career.
“It’s been great being from Michigan. I’ve been really fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to play in my home state,” Abdelkader said. “I don’t take it for granted one day. I just go out there and work hard. It’s been a lot of fun to be close to home and have a lot of support from family and friends and people from around Michigan. Obviously to play for an Original Six team and play for a team that’s been so successful for so many years it’s a dream come true.”
Week 2 of the NFL got going last night and former Spartan Jerel Worthy joined the Green Bay Packers sack party. Worthy got his first career sack – one of seven the Packers had in their 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears. He finished with three tackles.
Now on to some Notre Dame stuff and a few links to share.
Solari recaps five things to know about Saturday’s matchup with Notre Dame. Could this game be another classic between the schools? There have been a number of thrilling games between MSU and Notre Dame over the history of the rivalry. Do any of you have any favorite moments? The Spartans have won 10 of the last 15 meetings between the schools since a two-year hiatus in 1995-96.
Columnist Graham Couch goes inside the head of holder Mike Sadler leading into the contest with the Irish. Aaron Bates was a hero for the Spartans two years ago in their overtime win over Notre Dame and Sadler draws plays on the sideline hoping for his chance in the spotlight.
Tyler Eifert is the latest in a long line of talented tight ends at Notre Dame and could pose some mismatch problems Saturday for MSU.