Trade winds

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Rick Tocchet has been a friend of Paul Coffey's for years. But every so often, even the closest of friends can pull a fast one.

Now an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes, Tocchet recalled yesterday how Coffey got him good during the 1994-95 season with a late-night phone call.

"He calls me up at 1:30 in the morning and tells me that he just got traded to L.A. ... and he's not sure about going out West," said Tocchet.

"I'm telling him 'You'll be fine, it's great. You'll get to play with Wayne (Gretzky).' I'm trying to cheer him up. Then he says he's got to go and then he goes 'By the way, you got traded for me. See ya later' and hung up the phone. That's typical Coff."

Tocchet remembered, too, when his Philadelphia Flyers had taken a 1-0 lead in the 1985 Stanley Cup final against an Oiler team led by Coffey and Gretzky. The Oilers won the series by sweeping the next four games, but only after a Glen Sather tirade was unleashed on the two superstars.

"After Game 1 in '85, Glen Sather just ripped Wayne and Paul in front of the whole team -- just those two games and gave it to them," said Tocchet. "They were walking out of the hotel and Wayne was kind of down."

With a few choice words, sprinkled liberally with expletives, Coffey got Gretzky in gear.

"Those guys woke up," added Tocchet. "Wayne won the Conn Smythe and says today that Paul should have shared it with him. Those guys single-handedly put us out of that series. Paul got him going. He said 'Let's stick it to Sather' and they did it."


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