Over the next little while, The Gazette’s Red Fisher will be providing his take on the top 10 trades in Canadiens’ history. Fisher gets things started today with the No. 10 trade that allowed the Canadiens to acquire a player who had a key role in their 1993 Stanley Cup victory.
Kirk Muller was acquired from the New Jersey Devils with goaltender Roland Melanson in exchange for Stephane Richer and Tom Chorske on Sept. 20, 1991.
“I was actually very shocked,” Muller said, “but the moment I heard it was to Montreal, I was so excited. It was exactly what I was hoping for my career. It’s not a knock on New Jersey, but to go and play before 7,000 … 8,000 people a night, that wasn’t for me. I just knew that in Montreal there was going to be the pressure and excitement. It pushed me. You had to be good every night … or try to be, anyway. I enjoyed the environment and I think it only makes you a better player.”