Last Friday's big trade sent alternate captain Patrick Sharp and defensive prospect Stephen Johns to Dallas in exchange for veteran D-man Trevor Daley and gritty forward Ryan Garbutt. During Monday's call with the media, the two newest Blackhawks discussed how they hope to fit with the team, their reactions to the trade and what it means to join the Stanley Cup champions.
Reaction to the trade:
Daley: "Any time you have been in an organization as long as I have, you have friends and relationships. I have a family, two kids and my wife, and they've been acclimated in Dallas very well; my kids were born there. Over the years I've tried to prepare myself for something to happen, but at the end of the day there's really no preparing for when the call comes in. It happened so quick, you don’t realize what just happened. It was pretty smooth though.
"I have no regrets. I love Dallas; I loved the organization. I'm going to miss the players, my teammates and my friends there, but I’ve learned over the years that as teammates come and go, friendships last forever. I’ve made some great friendships there, and those will never end. My days as a Dallas Star have ended, but I will move on, and going to the best team in hockey is not a bad thing."
On his hip procedure:
Daley: "I had hip surgery at the end of the year. It was just something that needed to be taken care of at some point, and due to the fact that we didn’t get into the playoffs, I had a lot of time to recover. I’ll be ready to go on Day 1."
Fitting in with the Blackhawks:
Garbutt: "Any time you change teams you always think about where you are going to fit in, but coming into a team with a pedigree like they have, you just want to try to do whatever you can to fit in and play whatever role they want you to play.
"I definitely watched a lot of [the Blackhawks] in the playoffs and I know they play a high-speed game with a lot of offense, but they also take care of their own zone first. I would like to be able to think of myself as a player that can at play both ends of the rink, and I think that could transfer over to the Blackhawks. I’m someone who is going to work hard every night. I see guys that play hard and give 100 percent every night for Chicago, and that’s something I am looking forward to learning from, and I can’t wait to get started."
Daley: I’m coming into a team that just won the Stanley Cup. I'm coming in looking to fit in and follow their lead and listen and learn because I want to win one with them. I’m willing to do whatever I'm told to do when I get to sit down with Joel and figure that out. I'm excited about the opportunity that I'm getting here, and I’m going to try to take full advantage of it."
On the Blackhawks' offseason moves:
Daley: "At the end of the day they have their core group, especially with their two big forwards and Duncan Keith on the back end -- I've been saying for the last couple of years that he's the best in the game at the position. I think their core has stayed intact and I think that’s what they always wanted. With the economics of the game, obviously there comes changes. There's a dollar sign that players make and there's a dollar sign that every team has to be at. I think that has a lot to do with why they have to make changes."
Watching the Stanley Cup Final:
Daley: "Both teams that were playing in the final were the two best teams. Both teams have a ton of skill and played a fast-paced game, and watching it got me excited because that’s a game I would like to play -- a high-tempo, fast-paced game. You also mix in the four defensemen that Chicago did have; let’s be honest, they are some good defensemen, and why wouldn’t you want them on the ice? I'm going to go in and do what I’m told and try to help the team win hockey games."
On producing less offense last season:
Garbutt: "I don’t think my role changed. I’ve been training hard this summer to make sure I come back next year like I did two years ago. I definitely have confidence in myself to be able to do that. I’m definitely going to want to step my game up next year, but I also see that I'm going to be playing with great players and have an awesome opportunity to play with the best team in the league, and I’m pretty excited to do that."
On what it means to be a Blackhawk:
Daley: "I’m excited for the opportunity to play for the best team in hockey and go watch some future Hall of Famers play and play with them on the same team. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, the challenge. I’m just going to try and take advantage of the opportunity and run with it."
Garbutt: "I’ve met Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews, and they're all stand-up guys. I’m just looking forward to getting to Chicago, getting in the dressing room and getting things started."