darcy regier: so, craig...how did dinner go with nabby (evgeni nabokov)?
craig rivet: dinner?
dr: yeah...you know, when we were in san jose'
cr: oh, yeah...ummmm...he said hi, how's it going?
dr: that's all?
cr: uh...well, he did ask me how the steak was and whether or not i was gonna have dessert
dr: anything else
cr: yeah...of course...he asked me how the wife and kids were
dr: look, craig, i know that things haven't worked out all that well this season, but i have alot of respect for the way you've handled yourself this season...a true proffesional
cr: ummm, darce?...my butt hurts from riding the pine?
dr: yeah, i know the feeling...i can't seem to get off of my ass to get things done...unfortunately, new ownership, through my boss, has been bagging on me because they see an opportunity here to upgrade the team and...
cr: you gonna make lindy play me?
dr: ummm, sorry craig, that's not what i had in mind
cr: (dissappointment envelopes the vet) "ohhhhh...so what did you have in mind, darce?
dr: if the isles waive nabokov, and we have the opportunity to claim him, we're gonna do that
cr: he doesn't want to come to buffalo...nobody does, unless they have to...and even then it takes months to get over the depression
dr: you didn't say anything to him over dinner, did you?
cr: (with a cheshire grin)...i told him the steak was cooked perfectly and that we shoulda went with a cab instead of merlot (smiles)
dr: (grunts)...but you like it here, right?...i mean...it was tough, but the place grows on you, right?
cr: ummm, yeah, kinda...the wife and kids are ok with it...you sure you can't convince lindy to play me?
dr: craig, this is very important...i want to put you in a position to play...for a contender
cr: i thought you said we were a contender
dr: early-year pr-blather...try to follow me, will you?
cr: (snickers)...two top-twenty centers (snickers)
dr: stop that, craig...this is important
cr: cup-contender (snickers)
cr: all right, allright...go ahead
dr: if (garth) snow puts nabby on waivers, and it comes to us, we're gonna claim him
cr: but he doesn't want to play here and he'll just not report like he did with the isles
dr: i know, good possibility, but that's where i need you
dr: yeah, you
cr: what do you want me to do
dr: look...here's the deal...were gonna claim nabby...
cr: i'm tellin' ya, he's not gonna report
dr: this is what you're gonna tell him
cr: i'm gonna tell him?
dr: yeah...you're gonna tell him...tell him we're gonna give him three or four games in february to showcase him to the contenders and get him into nhl game-shape...we as a team should be able to snag a win or two in the process
cr: hmmmm...yeah...that could work...i guess...what about lalime?
dr: not your concern, although, if you must know, you, he and buts can talk strategy...or american idol...or whatever you want to in the press box...
cr: i don't think millsey will be happy...you know?...he likes patty on the bench....
dr: yeah, in know...i really don't want to hurt his feelings, but he'll need to take one for the team...he'll get over it
cr: so, you want me to convince my buddy to come to buffalo...basically want me to ruin our friendship...
dr: stop that!
cr: ...and if i do?...what's in it for me?...a new seat cushion?
dr: well, craig...the plan is this...first and foremost, i gotta get a return for nabby...there are two teams that could use a goalie at that price--detroit and philadelphia...i plan on getting them in a bidding war...
cr: but what about me?...can i go too?
dr: not sure...i'll try, but both don't have much cap room...you know you make $3.5m, right?
cr: hey...that's what you bargained for with the trade
dr: (big sigh)...ok listen...those two are first on my list...if i can swing somethin' with them where you can go too, fine...if not, i have a back-up plan
cr: hmmmm...a back-up plan?...really?...(sarcastically) like in july, 2007?
dr: that's not funny, craig
dr: anyhow, san jose' could use a goalie
cr: i really liked it there....(lightbulb comes on in his head)...hey!!!...me and nabby back in san jose!...can we bring griersy along?
dr: you're complicating things, craig...anyhow, don't get your hopes up with the sharks
cr: but i really, reallllllllyyyy liked it there
dr: i know, you've mentioned it a billion times...anyhow...ummm...where was i?...oh yeah...detroit, philadelphia, san jose' and possibly colorado
cr: colorado?...denver's awesome
dr: yup...but nothin'll happen unless, number one, we get the opportunity to claim nabby...and number two that you can convince me that you'll convince nabby to report to the sabres...
cr: have you talked to those teams about this?
dr: ummmmm...for the record...no...but us gm's think alike and i think they're smart enough to figure it out
cr: heyyyy...is that what garth (snow) was planning on?...
dr: you're interupting...anyway...that's neither here nor there...you on board?
cr: i don't know, darce...i'm still pretty ticked that i'm not gettin' playin' time
dr: you know, if i pull a package deal with you, i'll need to showcase you as well...we got games vs. the thrash, the sens and...get this (big smile, wink and a nudge)...detroit!...to end the month...right before the deadline....
cr: (sheer joy gives way to darkened skeptisim)...are you sure the big guys want you to do this?
cr: you know, i really can't see you doing this on your own...i mean just look at the last three...
cr: deadlines...there was...
dr: stop it...i know...you on board?
cr: you sure you can get this done?
dr: yup...but we gotta bring nabby on board first...
cr: and you'll promise me i'll go to a contender?
dr: no promises...if not you get to eat hot dogs and pound slurpees in the pressbox for the rest of the year...for $3.5m
cr: hey...i told ya...you made the trade
dr: yeah...i know...just havin' a little fun
cr: you know, i'm a proffessional...i want to play...i don't know if i can sit on the sideline and watch the rest of the season..i get itchy...really want to punch someone, ya know?
dr: not really...i never wanted to punch anyone, except for maybe kevin lowe...but he's a tough cookie...too tough for my first fight...anyway...tell ya what...if i can't package you...i'll give you a personal assistant to guide get you through the inactivity and any guilt you may have...and if you fell the urge, i won't say anything if you happen to...ummmm...take out your frustration on him...and i'm paying for it....
cr: oh, yeah?
dr: yeah...i gotta a true veteran of that situation--tim connolly
cr: (rubs chin)...yup...that works