Our whole year, the dynamic changed with the trading of Giguere. That opened up some other avenues and ways to do things. Obviously, even before that I knew if I could at the deadline, I would like to add a defenseman. You go down and there are asking prices. I never envisioned it being like this way back in November. But with the Giguere deal and getting Jonas [Hiller] signed, it opened some areas up here.
We addressed our defensive situations, which hasn’t been real good this year. This is not a shot at Ryan Whitney. Our defense hasn’t played well and we had to improve there if we were going to go anywhere. I think we’ve done that today. We wanted somebody who we thought could run the power play and we think Lubo [Lubomir Visnovsky
] can do that. Ryan Whitney is a shooter on the power play. We kept playing Ryan out of position. It didn’t fit for what we were trying to do. It’s not Ryan’s fault. It just didn’t work here or fit here for us.
We had too many bodies around here on forward. Arty [Evgeny Artyukhin] wasn’t going to play and that was one. Moving Nick Boynton definitely helped with money. I had a feeling when we made the Giguere deal that somebody who had [Vesa] Toskala in the past might call me for him. It’s an opportunity. Goaltending, by getting [Curtis] McElhinney and Joey MacDonald, we have a second and a third there where we’re deep enough.
They are both big goaltenders. Joey has been capable at times of stepping and carrying the ball for different organizations when people get injured. We like that about him. It gives us a third goaltender, just in case we have injuries. We want our other young goalies playing right now. We don’t want them sitting here on the bench if something happened.
Everything isn’t always about the cap. Cash is huge. It’s money going in and out the door. Everybody is saying in the Edmonton deal, you’re taking on all the money. Well that is not true. We’re taking on a cap hit, yes. Visnovsky’s money goes down, where Ryan Whitney’s went up, which may have a huge impact on us cash-wise in the next few years.On Visnovsky
We have watched him forever here. He used to beat us all the time in L.A. He is a well-conditioned guy and looks after himself. He can play for as long as he wants to play. He is one of those types of guys. We’ll have to surround him with some bigger men as time goes on here, but that is for another day to worry about.On Ward
He’s won three Stanley Cups. He knows how to win. He’s always been a competitive guy. He always plays his best hockey late in the year. I like those sorts of things. Those are valuable things here.
Carolina had giant problems early in the year and he wasn’t the only one. They had some issues. Once he went through waivers, he started to play much better after that. Sometimes that wake-up call is a powerful thing. He has played much better of late. He’ll help us.On the multiple moves made at the deadline for the second straight year
I thought this year was going to be relatively quiet. The Giguere thing prompted this organization to be able to do some things, but I don’t think you should continue to look for this. We’re more stable now as we go forward. One of these deadlines, I’d like to be like Detroit and sit there and be okay. This is not going to happen all the time. Believe me, this is no fun. It’s just tough to do this at this time of the year. But in saying that, with the cap system the way it is where you can’t trade money, you only have certain times in the year where you can affect your hockey team. This is one of them, the draft is another one. You have to take advantage of it when it is presented to you.On the playoff chase
We can’t have any bad nights. We can’t have any Atlanta games, where we didn’t play well. They have to compete every night. I’m quite confident if this team comes to compete every night, they will have a good run at it. I think we are a better hockey team than we were yesterday and the day before.