Here's Smith's take on the deals...
"I liked Amonte and Mike Gartner, but I wound up moving Gartner for Glenn Anderson because we wanted another experienced playoff guy," Smith said. "We used Amonte to get Noonan and Matteau. I didn't like the trade at the time, but it gave us some experienced, veteran guys that Keenan liked.
"I also wanted MacTavish because I didn't think we were strong on faceoffs. We sent Marchant (to Edmonton) for him."
...it's hard to criticize these deals as it brought an end to the 54-year drought, but I've always hated that Gartner missed out on the Cup that year. It also would have been nice to have Amonte around when things got ugly after 1997. But 1994 was pretty much the best year of my life, so who am I to complain?