Whether you swing and miss as GM or land your man, there are ups and downs with just about any business conversation going on.

Some are more extreme than others.

Joe Sakic called Bill Guerin last week, offered Tyson Jost for Nico Sturm, and like the Ian Cole trade for Greg Pateryn last year, also with the Avalanche, the trade was completed within 45 minutes. Monday’s Kaapo Kahkonen-for-Jacob Middleton deal with San Jose was agreed on Sunday, but of course that depended on something else.

That something else – Monday’s acquisition of Monsieur Smiley, the iconic Marc-Andre Fleury – has been an emotional roller coaster for Guerin.

Worried about the Wild’s goalie lately, Guerin called Chicago two weeks ago just to see what it would cost a future first-round Hall of Famer within a season of having won the Vezina Trophy.

Guerin didn’t want to give up a first-round pick, but it was the price of doing business, he was told. Guerin kept working, grew increasingly confident that Fleury would agree to come to Minnesota, and hoped to strike a deal by Saturday so Fleury could just carry his gear bag 50 feet down the Xcel locker room hallway. Energy Center rather than leaving town with the Blackhawks after facing the Wild.

But Chicago general manager Kyle Davidson hasn’t given up on his demand for a first-round pick.

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