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Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:55 pm

By Brian Stubits

It's always nice to hear a minority opinion, it helps bring levity to a conversation, especially one as hot as player safety and Brendan Shanahan in the NHL.

So when Mike Milbury, the former Bruins defenseman and coach as well as GM of the Islanders, spoke at the NBC Sports media call on Monday, he turned up some serious heat on Shanahan. Following the opinions from Doc Emrick (cautious optimism about direction), Pierre McGuire (supportive) and Ed Olczyk (work in progress), Milbury put in his two cents. Make that two dollars.

"I was listening to the Muzak before this conversation. I was trying to get into a soothed mood. Leave it to Kevin Dupont to piss me off.

"I think if this goes the way it's going right now, it'll do more than if they took fighting out of the game. If it's called like this — and with all due respect to all the excellent comments by Edzo and Pierre and Doc — if this is the way they're going to call it, it is going to turn into touch football. People don't want to lose tens of thousands of dollars, going out for 10 and 20 games for what have been, sometimes, really vicious hits and sometimes questionable calls, in my opinion.
"I think right now the way it's called sucks.
"I don't like it. I don't like the trend of it. And I hope my colleagues are right that this is a work in progress. That they're being tough early and we're going to settle down and things are going to get back to where it should be.
"I wonder: Would the Bruins have won the Stanley Cup had the standard had changed to what Brendan Shanahan has made it today? I wonder if that would be the case. I think we might have had a different champion, and I wouldn't have liked that. I loved the way they played. I love the way they hit everything that moved.
"I'm not talking about head shots. I don't like head shots. I don't like concussions either. But right now, there's a lot of pink hats out there. And I don't wear a pink hat. Just ties."

Milbury has always been a fan of the rough side of the game. It was his controversial decision in the 1991 All-Star Game to include enforcer Chris Nilan and physical center Brian Skrudland that led to the changing of the selection rules, putting it in the hands of a committee.

The praise of Shanahan has been wide spread since he took over. Most everybody is in agreement that the head shots need to come to an end in hockey and accept that Shanahan will be extra vigilant to meet that end.

But Milbury obviously isn't too keen, and he just became the voice of reason for the anti-Shanahan folks out there, such as the ones that launched this Twitter account (@SayNoToShanny). We'll assume this is the mission statement for the account:

Let's play hockey the way it was meant to be played, shall we?

We might have two peas in a pod.

H/t to Puck Daddy

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:13 am

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

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Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:36 pm

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

Mike you are right this game is about winning and losing its not a kid sport were we care about sportsmanship and injuries yes we dont want the players to get hurt but its the risk when they sign a big contract I dont see NASCR telling them to slow down because if they crash at high speed they can get hurt ot worse die thats the chance they take I dont see boxing say no head shots because of concussions thats the risk when they get paid 50 mil for a fight same here I love this sport there was a time when I went to every ranger home game and maybe 10 road games now im lucky I go to 20 home games and 2 road games and I would never leave until game is over now if any team is up by more than 3 goals and less than 5 mins to go I leave why stay no more messgaes can be sent and the players want to get out there more than I do,were are the scott stevens tochetts neely's thachuks guerins and shanahans they will be no more and we are headed to all star games and im headed to a differnet sport.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:42 pm

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

I hate Mike Milbury but I have to agree with him on this one.  Shanahan is trying to do whats right as far as head shots and hitting defensless players, but at what cost?  I guess we will see.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:06 am

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

Milbury was a real player. Up in the stands and beating a guy w his own loafer. That's old time hockey! And that's awesome!

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:44 pm

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

HEADSHOTS!!!!!!! Milbury experienced too many. How else could you explain his singlehanded destruction of the New York Islanders..... worst GM in history commenting on how to improve the game....I think I'll listen to someone else's opinion

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:08 pm

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

Millbury is a little over the top, as usual, BUT he does have the right idea.  We do need to get the vicious head shots out of the game.  But there is going to be incidental contact in the wonderful fast rough game.  My biggest concern is the Divers are already intentionally lowering the heads and turning their back to draw a penalty.  I'd like to see game suspensions for these clowns trying to draw these types of penalties.

We've gotta let the boys' play !

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:39 pm

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

Wow, giving a forum for Mike Milbury's opinion is like giving a child ginsu knives as a Xmas present. Hard to believe he still has a job in the game.

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:51 am

Mike Milbury thinks way game being called 'sucks'

Mike's rarely at a loss for words, is he.

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