How could he not have been expecting a trade when this was almost a foregone conclusion after Bates and Martinek were resigned? After he was traded even Joe Micheletti said the Islanders contacted his agent and got no response. If he intended to stay it does not hurt to have his agent return a call.
"I kind of let it slip that I might some day want to go back to Minnesota," said a red-faced Parrish. "And it came out in the newspaper the next day like I was asking to be traded to the Wild. That's not what I intended at all."
Still, a trade did happen.
"Yeah," he said. "It's funny, but I've heard my name mentioned in trade rumors a lot before in the four-plus seasons I played with the Islanders and it never happened. This time, I really wasn't expecting it."