One other question that I failed to include from before:
Q: Have you been drinking?—Valeri Kamensky, NHL All-Star 1997-98
A: Granted, the soft-spoken Russian was more tactful than that. But after another outing together tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mystery Linemate’s on the phone with his agent, demanding a trade to another men’s skate anywhere else in the Western hemisphere.
At one point, he beat all five guys on the other team then calmly slid the puck over to me, where I faced a half-open net. I’m sure you can guess the rest. Let me give you a hint: What’s Russian for “You’re no Joe Sakic”?
Anyway, I can’t say for sure if I’m rubbing off on the Rangers or they’re rubbing off on me, but my penance is I can’t be critical of another hockey player for another 24 hours.
OK, at least not until morning…