None of our stupid idiot (Senators) fantasies about trading up came true. In fact, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon called me personally to tell me that my plan to acquire the third overall was "the single stupidest thing" he'd ever heard in his life, and that "Every GM on the floor has been forwarding it to each other whenever they need a laugh all morning long." He then told me "The world would be a better place" if I stopped writing about hockey, screamed "BEOTCH!" and hung up laughing hysterically.
"I got calls from Chicago and then his agent [saying] he'd like to talk to you. We talked a couple of times. I explained the blueprint, similar to what we did in Chicago, and he was able to convince his family and his fiancé that this was the right move for him. And I think it is."
"I don’t want to be picking (at number three overall) ever again, unless we get it in a trade. We need to start moving up the ladder. Been at the front row enough, it was nice being in the back row. That’s the goal."