Gritty forward sees great opportunity

New Blues forward Keith Tkachuk was a bit startled at first, but now he's thrilled to be with St. Louis. ESPN.com's Brian A. Shactman caught up with him right after he was traded.

Updated: March 14, 2001, 10:43 AM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

Keith Tkachuk has been dealing with trade rumors for almost two years.

The rumblings he had been hearing recently picked up Tuesday morning, but Tkachuk thought nothing of it. After all, Tuesday was the trade deadline.

"I heard a lot of rumblings this morning," he said. "But I first saw coach and could tell something was up, something was different.

"Then, I found out about 10:30 or 11. I spoke to Cliff Fletcher, and he told me it was a financial decision and thanked me for handling ...

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