Zenon Konopka Bearer of Trade News

| David M Singer

News of departures is hard to take

“I had a scooter with a horn on it, so I was flying around the resort,” said Konopka, still hampered by a season-ending broken foot at the time. “Every time I’d pull up to the pool, I’d do [a breaking news jingle] and proclaim some trade or signing.

“I did that for six hours. It was all fun and dandy until around 5:30.”

That’s when Konopka saw that teammate Devin Setoguchi was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. Konopka had just gotten back to his room. He looked out the window, saw Setoguchi still at the pool and “you can figure out pretty quickly he didn’t know.”