October 27, 1993 -- No one ever questioned John Muckler's loyalty.
Craig Muni helped coach John Muckler win a Stanley Cup for the Edmonton Oilers in 1990. When Muckler needed help on defense more than three years later while serving in Buffalo, he made a trade to acquire the rugged Muni.
Buffalo sent Keith Carney to Chicago to acquire Muni. The Sabres had lost Petr Svoboda and Denis Tsygurov to injuries early in the 1993-94 season, so Muni was a welcome addition.
"The thing that really set us back was Svoboda," Muckler told The News' Jim Kelley. "When we found out he couldn't play on a regular basis ... that hurt us considerably."
"I don't think I got the ice time in Chicago and I'm probably going to get it in Buffalo," Muni said. "They were using me in limited situations and I don't think I'm ready for that kind of a role yet."
Muni stayed a Sabre through the middle of the 1995-96 season, and was as tough and dependable as advertised. By the way, Carney played for five different NHL teams after leaving Buffalo through 2008.
--- Budd Bailey