By Alan Pergament
Buffalo Sabres analyst Mike Robitaille said a tearful goodbye at the end of his final MSG post-game show Sunday night.
But the 66-year-old Robitaille really isn't retiring in the traditional sense.
He might even be on his regular WGR talk show hour, "Roby Radio," at 8 Wednesday morning.
His tears Sunday night seemed to surprise him, though in retrospect they were totally understandable.
"I was signed by the New York Rangers when I was 14," said Robitaille. "When your whole life is hockey, it is not an easy thing to give up."
His tears might have confused some viewers into thinking Robitaille was giving up all his media ventures instead of just his regular MSG role.
In a telephone interview Monday night, Robitaille said he expects to do his WGR show for four or five Wednesdays during the National Hockey League playoffs, plans to be back on WGR at least for his hour show in the fall and might also appear on MSG next season on an emergency fill-in basis.
"This is a semi-retirement," said Robitaille. "I'll just have enough to do on TV to have a parking pass."