"He was a competitive guy. He played hard, Dino, and he would do his negotiations with me and we would fight. He was tough, but I certainly never, ever held that against Dino. He was a good hockey player."
-- Jim Devellano
-- Oh, what it would have been like to be a fly on the wall when Jim Devellano and
"You know, two Italian guys fighting," Devellano told NHL.com Monday after receiving his Hall of Fame ring beside Ciccarelli. "Boy, I tell you, we had battles."
Ciccarelli said he represented himself for most of his negotiations because, "I'm a stubborn guy and I believed in what I thought I was worth compared to the numbers I was putting up."
Ciccarelli signed with Detroit in 1992, when Bryan Murray was the general manager and Devellano was two years into his current position as Senior Vice President. Devellano, who was GM in Detroit from 1982-90, took over again in 1994 and handled contract negotiations until Ken Holland was promoted to GM in 1997.