First, my favorite NHL Halloween story ever. Stop me if I’ve told you this (oh, wait, you can’t stop me).
In 1998, the Rangers signed free agent Scott Fraser from Edmonton for mega bucks (yeah, that Smith-Muckler tandem sure produced some beauties). Fast as lightning. But another Lisin, Kotalik, Higgins, Joe Murphy, Rico Fata, rolled into one. He’d finish the season 2-4-6 in 28 games, and minus-12. But with a lot of money.
Anyway, Halloween of that year, the Rangers players had their annual party. Fraser shows up in a ski mask holding a bag.
“Who are you supposed to be?” teammates would ask.
“My agent,” Fraser replied.
I’m going to let the professionals sort out the Zuccarello situation, if it even exists. The only stories about the whole incident are in Swedish and Norwegian. The Rangers are skating at noon today, and I’m sure at least some of the writers will make it back from Toronto in time to ask some questions. According to some already, the situation — reports that Zuccarello is going back to Sweden — is news to the Rangers.
We’ll see. I’m off today and it would have to be a lot bigger news than that to get me to give up my day.