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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Bringing in a friend

   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


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.