“They’re both great prospects. Actually, I’ll forget that – we won’t call them prospects anymore we’ll call them players because people get fearful of prospects.”
Kevin Lowe, immediately following the Ryan Smyth trade
“No competitiveness,” MacTavish said in his post game comments when asked about benching [Robert] Nilsson in the third period.
“We try and coddle the competitiveness out of him, but he just didn’t have any again tonight. I’ve had enough and seen enough of it.”
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Q: You’re back in the NHL now and your Islanders look primed to get back to the playoffs. How were you able to make a deal for Ryan Smyth?
A: So many names were coming up, like Billy Guerin’s name came up. Then, all of a sudden, Ryan Smyth’s name came up. We put the same offer up to Edmonton that we had put up to other teams and they went for it. Give [Islanders GM] Garth Snow credit — he just stuck with it. When Garth called me at 3 o’clock and told me we got the deal done, I couldn’t believe he pulled that deal off.
Following the Oilers would be so much more fun if Edmonton had a more vicious press corps. Whether he was right to let him go or not, savaging Lowe for the way that the Smyth trade (let alone the Pronger trade) went down should be the most popular sports in Edmonton.