OK, I don’t remember the actual question yesterday, but somebody asked me about my relationship with Muckler … and also somebody accused me of being a bit too cozy with Rangers coaches.
So here’s my favorite Muckler story: After I left the beat in 2002, Muck had long been gone and some idiot actually hired him to be GM of the Ottawa Senators.
Anyway, Andrew Gross had taken my place as the Rangers beat writer, and he made his first trip to Ottawa, where he ran into Muck at the morning skate. Andrew thought it would be good to get to know all the hockey people he could, so he approached Muck.
AG: “Hi, I’m Andrew Gross of The Journal News. I replaced Rick Carpiniello on the Rangers beat.”
JM: “What, did he die?”
AG: “No, he got promoted.”
JM: “Oh, that’s too bad.”
With that the worst coach in recent Rangers history turned his back on Andrew and walked away.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: Everybody skated today, including Callahan and your favorite free-agent defenseman from Ottawa. And the new kid, Reitz. Doesn’t appear he’s going to play in Boston. But they like his toughness. I don’t know if he can skate or handle the puck well enough to be a regular. We’ll see.
AND ANOTHER THING: Congratulations to Doc Emrick, who will be honored by the Devils tonight after going into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Man, we’re awfully lucky around here to have two fabulous hockey play-by-play guys like Doc and the super pro Sam Rosen just six miles apart.