While Kevin still had his Stanley Cup hangover, two men came to him with huge grins and ludicrous contract demands. They laid them out as Kevin was reclining at the table and when some of the Ten saw this they were indignant: "Why this waste?" they asked, "This money could have been better spent and the cap space could have been given to players who are more deserving."
Aware of their malicious hearts Kevin said to them, "Why are you bothering these men? They are the heart and soul of this team. There will always be more free agents to pine for but you will not always have a run to the Stanley Cup to reward. When they laid out these demands, they did it to prepare for another run. I tell you the truth, wherever my story is told throughout the Oilogosphere and the world, what Steve and Ethan are paid will also be told in memory of their greatness."
Then one of the Ten — the one whose name is "Heart and Soul" — went to his agent and asked, "What are you willing to get me if I hand him over to you?" So the agent counted out for him five and half million silver coins. From then on Ryan hardened his heart and waited for an opportunity to get paid.
On the day of the Mark Messier retirement gala the Ten came to Kevin and asked, "Where do you want us to be for the ceremony?" He replied, "Go into the city to a certain bartender and tell him, 'The Teacher says: The appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate Mess with the Old Boys Club and we need you to MC.' " So the Ten did as Kevin had directed them and prepared themselves for the Mark Messier retirement gala and for the dinner they would share beforehand.