Eavesdropped on the Glen Sather media conference call, can't type quick enough so these were a few bites as best as I could get 'em on the fly - I am not a typist and refuse to listen to this a second time. Judge them as you may:
"Gaborik is the guy we had targeted from the beginning."
"We are happy to get him and we didn't have to give anyone from our roster to get him. Money is the same, term is the same [as Heatley]."
"We had our scout deliver a video to his home in slovakia, he has seen him, he has talked to him ... he is very healthy, Mario Lemieux had the same surgery and look at him."
"We weren't in on the Hossa deal ... at all."
"I think in the next CBA there is a pretty firm chance that they are going to put a limit on these kinds of things (long term deals)."
"He's certainly in the top 10, I mean, you know, that's a difficult question to answer because every guy has a different evaluation system ... he can skate he can do a lot of great things he is a great player and he is young. i certainly think he is in the top 10 in this league."
"Gaborik played under that system (Minnesota's) and he got almost a point per game ... it will be interesting to see how he does in the Tortorella system. as torts has described we will have a very up-tempo game and this guy fits it to a T."
"I don't think anyone is going to come after our guys (the RFA's) at this stage ... at this stage we can still protect everyone."
"We've had conversations with our doctors with the people who did the surgery on him and his agent ... Rozsival had that surgery last year, he came back and played 17 games and hasn't had a problem since"
"We think that Brashear gives you a couple of other things. He is quicker (then Colton Orr), he can get under the puck a little faster and under the style of game we are going to play we think he will be more effective for us."
(Even after what happened in the playoffs last year) "I think our players would be excited to have him (Brashear) in our room."
"I like to think we will get a little more offense from everyone in our lineup."
"I know we are a lot better team with Gaborik and Higgins then we were at this time last year."
"We still have some balls in the air so we will have to see what happens tomorrow. at this stage I don't think anyone knows what's going to happen."
"I think that Dubinsky is capable of being a number one center but if the deal presents itself - through free agency or through a trade, I've had some conversations - if there is the right player we are going to do it."