Mike Milbury is one of the most incompetent team executives the NHL has ever seen. His reign of error with the New York Islanders became part of the league’s folklore.
Many fans could have done a better job running that team. Some children might have fared better. Perhaps even a primate or two at the zoo would have known better to trade Roberto Luongo, draft Rick DiPietro first overall or place an “all-in” bet on the enigmatic Alexei Yashin.
So it’s always hilarious to hear Milbury go bat-feces crazy on somebody else. Listen to him rant about Alex Ovechkin’s lackluster play during Wednesday nights NBC Sports Network broadcast:
“I bird-dogged this guy during the course of this game. When you have great talent, it comes with great expectations and accountability. If you put him up to those two standards tonight, he fails the test miserably. This is an AWFUL display of hockey by Alex Ovechkin. He should be ashamed of himself. A blind pass? Eight-year olds don’t do this in the offensive zone.
“No fight in this guy along the wall here. I know they played three in four nights, but THAT’S not an excuse. And when you’re a big star like this, you don’t have to act like a baby. This is ridiculous embellishment. He should be embarrassed by this, and so should his teammates. That is silly. Get up and act like a man, for God’s sake.
“And this one? Move your butt along the wall. You’re just standing there. I’ve seen this for three years. You’d think somebody would figure this out and tell him that he’s got to move. And look at the effort on the backcheck there. Are you kidding me? This is a guy that makes a ton of money — he owes it to his owner, he owes it to his coach. And watch him line change on the goal. That is inexcusable behavior, inacceptable for a coach, especially a rookie coach like Adam Oates. That guy ought to be held accountable….
“And after he got hit in the head, how many minutes did he play on that power play? All two minutes. All two minutes. Disgusting. God almighty, that’s just so disheartening to see a player with that kind of talent fall that short in terms of effort.”
Maybe so, but it’s also disheartening to hear a chucklehead like Milbury rip anybody after the mess he made in Long Island.