"One thing that happened for sure with the tough guys is their salaries have gone down because people don’t want to spend as much on them because they need the money for more talent. The next step is, do we really need it at all, or should we take a page from Detroit’s book and just throw as much talent at this other team as we can. If people want to screw around, then you beat them up on your power play if you have a good power play."
"It's something a player shouldn't be doing. It's too bad he's done this to the club. He would have been better off to just leave. It's almost harder to make this trade than it is to just let him go and sign someplace else."
"Can we address what we might need to address through a trade? Maybe. Ideally, you want to avoid free agents because they're always more expensive and longer-term than you want. You're better off looking for the bargains. I would prefer making a trade or something like that rather than signing a free agent."
"Loved him -- I love the way he plays. He's a little over the edge a few times, but that's understandable. That looks like a heck of a pick. He's really competitive, tough, goes to all the hard areas -- he is one of those heart-and-soul guys you like to have."