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Meet Mike Milbury

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

In his garden, he is “Mellow Mike.” He and his family, including nine grandchildren, will soon enjoy the annual summer yield of tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, arugula, oregano, and basil from his quiet Needham backyard. All 100 percent organically fed.

When the harvest arrives, he mused, “You know what you’re eating for a few weeks.”...

At the end of July, if all goes according to plan, the NBC hockey team will report to its Stamford, Conn., studio. Milbury expects the broadcast to emanate from there, with drastically reduced staffing and social distancing, though it’s possible they could travel for the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final. NESN commentator Andy Brickley said for as long as the league allows local coverage, he expects to broadcast from Watertown.

“It might be six games a day for the first couple weeks,” Milbury said. “It’ll be nonstop hockey, that’s for sure.”

He doesn’t expect the Bruins to be lagging behind.

“I was talking with [assistant coach] Joe Sacco, and he was saying how their practices are short, and the pace is so high. This group is really good in the gym. They know how to take care of themselves. That’s a big factor.”

Milbury, like his first NHL coach, Don Cherry, is not stingy with his opinions. He is the object of Internet snark, from his time running the “Fish Sticks” Islanders and the infamous MSG shoe incident. If you’re a longtime Bruins fan, you may remember him as a hard-nosed guy from Walpole (and Brighton) who went the whole way in a Spoked-B. In the early ’80s, he also was the lone dissenting voice among players in a battle with powerful agent/NHLPA head Alan Eagleson.

“Mike was never afraid to sell himself,” Rick Middleton said, noting Milbury was one of the first whistleblowers against the later-disgraced Eagleson. “Never afraid to step into an [expletive] storm, and never afraid to open his mouth, whether he could back it up or not.”

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d ca's avatar

I am getting pay-walled when I try to access this article. And am wondering if there is any mention of the fact that Rick DiPietro is still getting $1.5 million a year through 2029 from the Islanders because of Milbury?

15-year x $67.5 million deal in 2006 bought out in 2013

and a cautionary tail of anyone that wants to use a 1st round draft pick on a goalie.

Posted by d ca on 06/27/20 at 10:08 PM ET

Paul's avatar

d ca, clear your cookies for the site if you want to read it, They only allow one free read but clearing cookies does the trick.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/27/20 at 10:14 PM ET

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Was that one Milbury or Garth Snow?

Even before the league got younger and players average careers
even among goalies stopped extending to the late 30s or so,
that contract was from the moment it was signed such a transparently
bad gamble. Like: we are going to make the term so incredibly long
maybe we can convince ourselves the comparatively normal annual
salary will be a bargain. If it sucks to get stuck with a bad contract for a couple years,
what could go wrong getting stuck with a slightly less egregious one for 10-12 years?

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/28/20 at 12:35 AM ET

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How was the writer able to resist blaming Mike Milbury for Garth Snow’s mistakes?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/28/20 at 01:52 PM ET

d ca's avatar

was the writer able to resist blaming Mike Milbury for Garth Snow’s mistakes?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/28/20 at 01:52 PM ET

Newsday [a Boston daily newspaper] reported that the team offered him a 15-year contract in September 2005, but the NHL front office discouraged the Islanders from making such an offer. Instead, DiPietro signed on a one-year deal with the Islanders. However, that contract was used as the basis for his deal in Sept 2006.

In other words, they were working on a contract during the Milbury era (Mike Milbury GM from December 12, 1995 – June 8, 2006)

How do I know this, because Milbury has talked about how it was a mistake before and admitted that he was the one behind the length. But feel free to add more since you aren’t knowledgeable about this subject—I’ll try my best to ignore it.

d ca, clear your cookies for the site if you want to read it, They only allow one free read but clearing cookies does the trick.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/27/20 at 10:14 PM ET

Thanks Paul, I think it was just the VPN I was using.

Posted by d ca on 06/28/20 at 09:29 PM ET

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