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Islanders: Mike Milbury can’t be on national TV anymore

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 22: (L-R) General Manager Mike Milbury, Head Amateur Scout Tony Feltrin, Scout Jim Madigan with daughter Kelly of the New York Islanders stands with Sean Bergenheim who was selected as the 22nd overall pick during the first round NHL Draft on June 22, 2002 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 22: (L-R) General Manager Mike Milbury, Head Amateur Scout Tony Feltrin, Scout Jim Madigan with daughter Kelly of the New York Islanders stands with Sean Bergenheim who was selected as the 22nd overall pick during the first round NHL Draft on June 22, 2002 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI) /
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Former New York Islanders GM Mike Milbury was on the Isles broadcast against the Bruins and as you can imagine he said something ridiculous. He shouldn’t be on national TV anymore.

Mike Milbury and New York Islanders fans go way back. Mike was the Islanders fourth GM and was the original “worst GM in team history”. Through eleven seasons at the helm, his Islanders teams made the playoffs three times.

He’s also responsible for trading away future Hall of Fame players Zdeno Chara and Roberto Luongo as well as the Isles second overall pick in the 2001 draft, a pick that would become Jason Spezza.

So just to be fair, Mike Milbury isn’t starting on the right foot when he’s being broadcast into Islanders fans TV screens for nationally televised games with NBCSN. What makes things worse is when Milbury says something absolutely ridiculous. Like saying Anthony Beauvillier needing to step up.

Beau Has Already Stepped Up

Leading up to the game between the Islanders and the Bruins Milbury indicated that Anthony Beauvillier needs to step it up.

I’m not sure what Mike has been watching. Beau has four points in his last two games and 22 over 32 games. Those 22 points have him third on the team in terms of production.

Since the start of the 2019-20 season, has been the most consistent Islanders player. He’s been strong on and off the puck. He’s been great defensively and offensively. And that’s manifesting itself on the stat sheet.

Again, Beau has 22 points. That put him on pace for 56 by the end of the season. If that pace holds he’ll have doubled his production from 2018-19.

Why exactly does Anthony Beauvillier need to “step it up”?

Mike clearly doesn’t know what’s going on with the New York Islanders. And that just can’t happen on a national broadcast. It’s ok not to know everything, there’s a lot going on in the NHL. But to get something so wrong is something that needs to be fixed, he can’t be on national TV anymore. Local broadcasts fine. But not nationally.

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