Naoyuki Oi of Japan had a memorable weekend at the World Pool Masters. He advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Cheng Yu Hsuan, 8-6, on Saturday, but it was what happened after the match that turned him into a highlight. Oi doesn¡¯t speak much English, so while interviewer Tony Wrighton asked him elaborate questions about the match, Oi couldn¡¯t reciprocate his answers with the same level of vocabulary.
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Instead, Oi made the best of his English skills by saying what he knows and being theatrical about it.
Wrighton: ¡°We thought you¡¯d won it, a couple of racks before you did win it.¡±
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Why it worked
This was one of the most interesting trade-deadline deals, given that St. Louis, now retired and likely on his way to the Hall of Fame, would agree to go only to the Rangers after telling the Lightning he wanted to be traded. And given those limitations, Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman did yeoman’s work getting as much value as he did for St. Louis.
Although you can quibble with the long-term contract to which the Lightning signed Callahan after the trade, they went to the Stanley Cup finals in 2015 and the Eastern Conference finals last spring after that blockbuster deal. As for the Rangers, St. Louis provided an important presence in the locker room as they advanced to their first Stanley Cup finals since 1994. St. Louis led the way with eight goals and 15 points in spite of the death of his mother early in the playoffs. St. Louis was especially important during the Rangers’ second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in which they overcame a 3-1 series deficit. This was a good deal for both sides.