There's no good way to respond. Everyone knew he wanted to be traded, so short of saying I'm mad I didn't get traded, I don't know what else Marty could say. He may or may not GET the playing time he wants -- that's on DeBoer -- but he was going to say this, or we were going to attack him for being a bad teammate, wanting out, etc. He couldn't win. Hopefully, DeBoer plays him sparingly, and he accepts it quietly. Of course, that's going to be difficult if guys like Chere keep approaching him for the same tired quote to report the same boring story, because Marty probably won't keep his mouth shut when asked a direct question.
Yes there is. The good way to respond is. "I asked Lou to look into a situation, and it didn't pan out. I'm a New Jersey Devil, and I am going to do whatever the team wants me to do to help them to win."
He says that, and says it over and over again. He says "I'm here to play when Pete tells me to play" That's it. THAT's IT...make Rich stop asking the question then.