Watching the USA Vs Switzerland (Lets Go Swiss and Mark Streit!) this afternoon, I asked myself a question. Why is Milbury on TV? Your looking for analysts when you start up, but please NBC, consider his history. Consider the absolute path of failure he lead the Islanders to. Look at his disastrous trade after trade after trade. A complete lack of knowledge when it comes to current players. This was someone who traded you AND THEN you became an All-Star. Only after you left his reign of insanity did you become the player that everyone said you would become.
So why the rant this time? Obviously if you’ve been here before you’ve seen my many posts on Milbury and his destruction of the Islanders. Today during the second intermission of the USA-Swiss game the analysts began talking about Team Canada. The decision was made to go with Roberto Luongo over Martin Brodeur for today’s game. Milbury was immediately up in arms over the matter. Proclaiming that Brodeur was the greatest ever and there was no reason to go with Luongo. Thankfully the person in studio with him began arguing for Luongo to get the start, that at the very least they should see what Luongo could do or at very least give Brodeur a breather. Milbury was unrelenting on his Anti-Luongo crusade and saying that this was a bad move for Team Canada.
What doesn’t Milbury or anyone in studio mention during this rant? That Milbury originally drafted Luongo and after one season behind an awful Islanders team decided to trade him. That this trade is usually considered one of the worst trades in the history of the NHL. It’s no surprise really that Milbury would take a shot at Luongo. Could you imagine what Milbury might feel like if Luongo helps lead Team Canada to the Gold? Probably nothing because he’s a heartless spawn of the devil who was only created to ruin the New York Islanders for 10 years. But whenever someone goes into detail about Luongo they’ll talk about that trade. Point out that when Florida traded Luongo they had no choice because they couldn’t afford him. But Milbury’s trading of Luongo? It was insanity.
So thank you NBC for making Milbury an analyst again when no real network would touch him with a ten foot pole (He was fired from Hockey Night in Canada) unless they are in the Boston area. I hate you Boston. It’s amazing because NBC loves to bring in questionable analysts. With all the possible talking heads for Hockey and Football, NBC decides that Mike Milbury and Matt Millen are the two best qualified guys for the job. I would love to see those two team up together and take over a franchise. Then see how far they could bury said franchise into the ground. Please NBC, there are lots of other better analysts out there. There are lots of talented former NHL players around who probably know the league and the talent far better then Milbury.
In case you thought Milbury was right in his arguement, here’s a little something about Brodeur. Brodeur has a 2-3-1 record in February, has given up 18 goals in six games and played to a save percentage of .850 or below in three of them. I would also go with the seven year younger Luongo. Luongo also hasn’t been played to death like Brodeur has with the Devils. Lets go Luongo, win a gold for Canada!