In light of Obie's less than adequate explanation (at least by my standards) of the Zeke trade, I thought some of you might find this funny.
To me, this makes as much sense.
The Date: August 9th, 1988
*Bruce McNall dials Peter Pockington's number.
Peter Pockington: Hello?
Bruce McNall: Hey Peter, how are you today?
Peter: Not bad, you?
Bruce: Well, not good. You know that 15 million I promised you as part of the Gretzky trade?
Peter: Yeah....what's the problem?
Bruce: Well, I'm a little short.
Peter: How short?
Bruce: 15 million.
Peter: No problem....Wayne is already en route to Los Angeles, so we'll work something out. Any ideas?
Bruce: Well, we could add in Luc Robitaille or Bernie Nichols to even out the trade?
Peter: No, I'm not interested in making my team better right now. I guess you could just write me a post-dated cheque for this time next year, and when I go to cash it I'll just hope the 15 million is in there. Cool?
Bruce: Are you sure you want to do that? What if it's not there?
Peter: Don't worry about it. Even though you came up short, just take our best player now and then maybe the cheque you gave me will work out for us later. This is the way I'd prefer to operate.
Bruce: Well, at least let me add in a prospect that's playing over in Russia. If things don't work out for him there, he could be on your team soon. He's really good....I promise. Our fans are high on him.
Peter: Well then, you've got yourself a deal. Thanks for being so generous. I'll tell you what, if this guy plays for us next season, I'll throw in a conditional pick back your way at next year's draft. I wouldn't feel right just taking this Russian prospect....I mean, you're only getting Wayne Gretzky in the deal.
Bruce: Sounds good to me Peter. Thanks! You're a true friend. I hope everything works out for you.