During the NHL pause we've learned lots of interesting behind the scenes tidbits and stories.
Some of them have even gotten people in trouble.
A bombshell of a revelation popped up recently thanks to former Chicago Blackhawks' general manager Mike Smith in an interview with Mark Lazerus of The Athletic.
While Smith was talking about how at times it was a living hell working under Bob Pulford, he revealed a trade that Pulford had in place but never went through because of the 2004-05 lockout.
"The way Smith tells it, Pulford was this close to trading then-prospect Duncan Keith to the Flyers, packaging him with three other players to bring 34-year-old Jeremy Roenick and 34-year-old Tony Amonte back to Chicago in the twilight of their careers.
The only thing that stopped him was the 2004-05 lockout, as the trade market was frozen for an entire year. And during that lockout, Keith had a stellar season for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, which was loaded with just about every top prospect in the league because of the wiped-out NHL season. The following fall, Keith made the Blackhawks roster out of camp, played 81 games and never looked back."
By the time the Blackhawks won the first of three Stanley Cups in 2009-10, both Roenick and Amonte were retired from the NHL.
Keith of course went on to win three Stanley Cups and two Norris Trophies.