"One thing about trades," he said between shovels of popcorn, "nobody knows the players in these deals better than the team trading them."
A few years later, on Feb. 27, 2007, I recalled this insight when Garth Snow called me down to his office. At the time, which was less than an hour before the NHL trade deadline, I was drafting a statement to explain why the Islanders decided not to make a major deal. You know, "We weren't going to mortgage the future for a rental," and, "The other teams really were pushing for our great prospects." That sort of thing. Richard Zednik and Marc-Andre Bergeron, acquired earlier, would have to suffice.
I walked down to Garth's office. Ken Morrow, the pro scouting director then and now, was also there. Kenny was smiling, but Kenny's always smiling, so I wasn't sure what was up until…