On acquiring Stephane Robidas
If I could get a right-handed shooting defenseman, a sort of shutdown-type of guy who plays hard, we were going to try to accomplish that. That was one of our needs. Getting Stephane, who I’ve always liked for how hard he competes, how hard he plays, can do more than shut down. He actually played on the second power play at times. It was an opportunity, so we took it. He’s coming in on Thursday and he’s happy.
I like that player a lot. I always have. I love how he plays the game of hockey. I love the passion he plays with every night. He fits good for me.
On Robidas' injury update
We’re going to make sure he’s ready. We’ve got good depth on defense now, so when he’s ready to play, he’s going to play.
On if that was the final move before the deadline expires
There’s never a final move. You’re always trying to make your hockey team better. This makes our team more difficult to play against. Just go ask our forwards. They didn’t enjoy playing against this guy.
On the decision to trade Dustin Penner to Washington for a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft
Depth is great, but it was getting in the way. The opportunity came along. It was basically one UFA [unrestricted free agent] for another UFA. It’s unfortunate for Dustin. He worked hard and played hard here. He got his weight down. I wish him nothing but the best, but it was the one that worked right now. I had a couple teams interested and he’s getting a great opportunity. I’m pretty sure I know what he’s going to get to play with over there. I hope he’s ready to go, and I hope he concentrates and gets the job done.
On trading goaltender Viktor Fasth to Edmonton for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-round pick in 2015On the plan if he wasn’t able to move Fasth
Viktor is a class act and a great guy. He battled to get back. This year didn’t go the way I expected it to go as far as my goaltending. It came down to … You’ve watched Freddie Andersen play, so I don’t need to say anything else. And, you’ve got Jonas Hiller there. That had to be cleaned up for the sake of the hockey team. Too many people around, too much uncertainty, as a former player, is not a good thing. I felt it had to be done. Viktor is going to be a No. 1 in Edmonton. They’ve traded Bryz [Ilya Bryzgalov], so he’s going to be a No. 1.
I don’t know how that would’ve played out if this wouldn’t have happened. I would’ve had three goalies here. Once the deadline is over, there’s no roster limit anymore as long as you’re under the [salary] cap.
On if St. Louis’ acquisition of goaltender Ryan Miller raised eyebrows
No. I knew it was going to happen. It was just a matter of when. I knew Ryan Miller was going to end up in St. Louis. It was logical. We have to do our business. We have to do what’s right here. I can’t worry about the St. Louis’, the Chicagos, or whoever. I’ve got to worry about the Anaheim Ducks. What other teams do has no effect on me whatsoever.
On having a stockpile of draft picks in addition to roster depth
It’s always nice to know that if you trade a Dustin Penner, you have people who you feel can come in and play that position. It’s always a very good feeling that you have that knowledge. We have good players in that dressing room. We have good players in Norfolk. We’ve got some depth.
On if depth was getting in the way
I had to wait and bide my time. Thank goodness those young men hung in there. They were good soldiers. For them to bite the bullet like they did, just shows the character they’re made of.
On if he’s looking to make a big trade before the deadline
The phones are still ringing and I’m still making calls, as is every other general manager in this league. I have no idea what the next 24 hours are going to bring. We’ll keep working, and if I can make a hockey deal that makes sense, and makes this hockey team better, we will do it.