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Mike Milbury is angry again

Posted on: October 7, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 7:37 pm
By: Adam Gretz

During the first period of the New York Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday afternoon, Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello was given a two-minute minor for boarding Kyle Clifford.

Because it was a questionable play involving a hit from behind on what could be considered a defenseless player, the inevitable discussion of whether or not it will draw the attention of new league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan was immediately fired up. And thanks to the magic of television, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones decided to go at it on Versus during the second intermission.

Jones opened up by arguing that the play should be reviewed by Shanahan -- and could result in a suspension -- due to the way the rule is written. Milbuy, who recently said the state of officiating and discipline in the game "sucks", was having none of it.

Said Milbury, "If that's the way the rule is written, count me out for interest in it."

(UPDATE: Zuccarello was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday afternoon.)

Here's the entire exchange, complete with plenty of loud noises, yelling and Milbury finally saying that this discussion after every period "is starting to piss me off."

Milbury certainly isn't alone with his views (have you listened to Don Cherry lately?) and like many traditionalists doesn't want to see the NHL become the No Hitting League (and no matter how many players get suspended, that's never going to happen).

Still, there has to be a happy medium somewhere in here between the two sides that want to make the game a little safer as players continue to get bigger, strong and faster (and the playing surface stays the same) while still keeping it a contact sport.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:00 pm
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Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:18 am

Mike Milbury is angry again

Mike Milbury is a dick.  Period.

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:21 am

Mike Milbury is angry again

I've been saying this for years Mike Milbury was a stupid player who cost the Bruins many games with dumb penalties. He was a horrible coach who made bad decisions and he was a pathetic general manager who destroyed the Islander franchise. Its amazing to me that his stupidity has gotten him a gig on TV.
Whe he takes a position assume he's wrong.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:30 pm

Mike Milbury is angry again

Once again skaters need to be taught or learn the hard way.  It's funny I was a supporter of Chara's hit last year into the cut out of the boards and then (a Flyer) Giroux gets taken in from behind and Pierre Maguire et al blamed Giroux.  Guess what,  I agree.  But if it were a bigger, taller Pronger hitting Crosby or Savard there would be a match penalty against the Flyer in a hurry.  I said it on multiple other posts,  the skater needs to go in smart.  I can't penalize someone for being taller and stronger.  Giroux is a helluva skater and he was far from the boards but Chara is huge and simple physics takes over.  Do not turn the NHL into a touch football league.  Headhunters will get their fines but let's lighten up a bit. 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:52 am

Mike Milbury is angry again

Not sure why they had to modify the rules already in place. Is it illegal to body check a guy from behind. The refs stopped calling it and now they made a media play out of it. Just should of reminded the players that they are not allowed to contact a guy from behind or to the head and make the refs call it.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:59 am

Mike Milbury is angry again

I'm sorry but that is pathetic if they are calling for a suspension on that... He rode him into the boards and there was no danger there what so ever. I agree with Milbury this time. It's pathetic and it's clear that Jones doesn't know much about the game of hockey IMO.. I don't always agree with Millbury he is a big mouth but I think this season could really be frustrating to watch if they are going to nit pick on hits like this..

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:52 pm

Mike Milbury is angry again

I like Milbury!  He played the game at the NHL level and managed at the NHL level; there's only  a handful of guys who can make that claim to fame.  I don't agree with him all the time, nor do I agree with Don Cherry all the time, but you gotta stop and take a careful assessment of their opinion(s).  He's not some hack talkin out of his ass like some guys we know, huh!  The hit (push in the back) tonite was definitely what launched that poor bastard into the boards and the players on the ice (Scuderi) knew it.  Anyways, the comparison of Milbury to Cherry is likely justified, but you gotta take them with a grain of salt.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:09 pm

Mike Milbury is angry again

With Dn Cherry now in his late 70's it looks like Mike is gearing up to take a run at Cherry's job!

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:26 pm

Mike Milbury is angry again

There is a happy medium for ensuring the safety of players and allowing hockey to be the intense physical game it is, but asking for Milbury for his opinion is like asking the fox who he is keeping out of the hen house.  Milbury was never a skill player and completely worthless as a coach or GM after hockey.  He played for the Gooins, known for their BS on the ice, during the 70s and onward.  So of course Milbury wants less skilled players to impact the game in a way that evens up the game in a way that isn't good for hockey.  

The only way to determine what the "happy medium" is, for physical/safe play, is to set a standard and adjust as needed and try to remain objective in how the rules and officiating is governed going forward.  Good clean solid hits have to stay in the game or it ceases being the best game on the planet.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:23 pm

Mike Milbury is angry again

milbury brings nothing to the booth. he was a terrible GM and he is terrible analyst.... get rid of that clown. 

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