Hey, how are you? I’m good. Nice to see you. You too. Quite the cast. Yeah, a little plastic cast. Super fun. How’s the recovery going? It’s going well. I’m starting to get better. Yeah? I’ll have it a little while longer, but I’m slowly starting to workout and skate. It’s really fun to have you here. It’s fun to be here with you. Well, for me… Especially since we just saw your big ovation here not long ago. Yeah. It’s been a nice…a really good two weeks. Yeah? It’s been…it’s flown by. What was it like in Toronto for all of that? It was incredible. It was a really, really great weekend. A long weekend. Yeah it was really great. A fun weekend. Cool. You know, I was really lucky when I arrived here in Montreal because the team was doing really well and they’d won quite a bit in the previous years. I was drafted in 1979, so they had just won four-straight Stanley Cups. So there was quite a bit of pressure here to continue that tradition. I was lucky to come in when the team was extremely competitive. Guys like Steve Shutt, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey… Patrick Roy came in then. We had great veterans. We had really good veterans and we had good young guys, so… Yeah. It just clicked really fast. And I think you decided at a certain point in your career that you were going to be a bit more of a defensive player. You could put up points, but… It wasn’t really…a decision per se. Yeah, no, I know it wasn’t really a decision, but more a way of… In those days, we didn’t build teams the way they do now. I think for me, offensively — a bit like you — everywhere I went I didn’t have any trouble scoring. Yeah. But it was more in my second year here when Jacques Lemaire arrived. During Jacques’ career, he… he had the chance to play with Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt, but he was a guy who was capable of playing well defensively. And he had a different vision for how to build a hockey team. That’s pretty much it. He wanted a third line that was capable of playing — against anyone. Against anyone, exactly. He told me, “Look, I want to put you on a line with Bob Gainey. We’ll put you with Chris Nilan, and we’ll play you against other teams’ top lines. I don’t want you to stop scoring, I just want you to pay attention to what you’re doing defensively. Your goal is to stop everyone else from scoring.” So, you know, When you start to have success… It continues from there. Yeah, exactly. You know, to have the chance to win my first Stanley Cup in 1986, It was incredible. It was a dream come true. We all dreamed of that playing on the outdoor rink, or… You’re there scoring the overtime winner. Yeah, exactly. And that’s the first thing that goes through your mind. You’re making little trophies as a kid, pretending you won the Stanley Cup. And to be able to experience it for real… It’s really, really fun. And where I was really lucky was that I was able to win two more, because I’ll tell you, the first one went by so fast. Yeah for sure. You know, you… You wake up the next morning and it’s all over. You wake up a month later like, “Whoa!” A month! “What just happened?” I was really able to better appreciate the other two. Yeah the two other after, those are some special memories. Question for you: Your favorite linemates over the course of your career, if you had to name two guys? Yeah, that’s…listen, for sure… I think right away of Bob Gainey and Chris Nilan. We had a chance to play almost every game together. Other than when Chris would fight… Yeah and he was sent to the box, good answer. When he fought or was suspended. But, no, we played three or four years together consistently on a line. We had a lot of success. That was probably… Probably, like you said, not an easy line to play against. Bob Gainey, all the stories you hear about him, and Chris… Chris was so tough and physical. Yeah, he hit. But he could play, too. He was perfect at his role. Then I played with Mike Keane a little bit. Mike McPhee. When I got to Dallas, it was the same thing there. John Sim…my wingers changed a lot near the end. I had an opportunity to play with a lot of great players. What was the biggest difference when you came back here as a coach? For sure there was pressure, and I’m sure you felt it more. I don’t know if it was pressure, necessarily. It was definitely the best place for me to get my start, but it’s tough. Yeah, for sure. Because everyone is so passionate and everyone wants to know everything. Yeah. If you decide to put a new line together… Yeah, they want to know your rationale. Yeah. Yeah. There are 50% of people who are happy, and another 50% who aren’t happy. But I think if I had had a longer career as a coach, that experience definitely would have helped me a lot. Yeah. And the fact that there are two languages here, French and English, we have television, radio, newspapers. You meet with a lot of people every single day. But I’ll tell you this: The 12 years I spent here as a player prepared me well. Yeah, for sure you get used to it. I knew what it was like in Montreal. The staff and everything around the team. But for sure there were a lot of situations where… It’s new. Everything is new. It’s a… It’s a different kind of pressure. Yeah, that’s what I… Like I said, for an athlete, playing is the most fun. You wake up in the morning and people tell you where to go, when to be somewhere, when to go on the ice. Yeah, exactly. When to get off the ice. All you have to do is get yourself ready to go personally to play. It’s got to be different in terms of control, too. Yeah. Like, you can’t go out there on the ice. You tell players what to do, but you can’t go out there… You can control to a certain point. When you’re on the ice, you can actually go out and do things. But when you’re coaching, you also have an impact. You’re the one making decisions, but… At the end of the day… You aren’t the one on the ice. The players are the ones who actually play. It’s their decision, yeah. I really liked it. I loved waking up in the morning, getting to the rink, watching film. Trying to find solutions. I’ve heard from a lot of former players that you were a guy who loved watching game tape and that you loved watching those little details and everything, even when you played. I was always really visual… Yeah exactly. …when I played And when I watched games, you know, you’re watching in a different way. When I was a player, I looked at it from one perspective, but when you’re coaching, you look at it from a difference perspective, because you aren’t just looking at what you’re doing, you have to watch 22, 23 other guys. Yeah, it’s easy sometimes to say, “Oh, the coach should have done this.” But… there are 22 players to manage. To think about, to manage, and you have to put yourself in their shoes, too. How they… How they’ll respond to something…will they be able to play with this guy? Those were some great times, though. But I’ll tell you, I had a chance to have a great career. Firstly, because I was in Montreal. For any of the small, negative things you could say about playing in Montreal, or Canada, or Quebec… There are so many great things. You just have to go out and live your life and not let anything stand in the way of what you want. What’s important is learning how to say “No.” I tell people all the time… People always ask me, “Does it bother you being asked to sign autographs?” For sure, there are… There are moments… Yeah, there are moments where I’m less enthusiastic about it, but it’s when people stop asking for my autograph that I’ll have a problem. Thanks a lot Guy, this was fun. It was a pleasure. Good luck with your wrist. Yeah.