Butch Goring is a homer. Or at least biased. He's stated that a few times on his MSG game-day broadcasts. He's New York Islanders through and through. I'm sure he bleeds blue and orange. And we love him for him.
He not only had a distinguished NHL career playing for the Islanders with four Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe trophy, a Lady Byng, a Masterton, and 659 points in 736 games. But he's also had an incredible broadcasting career as a color commentator for Islanders games on TV.
Again, Butch Goring is as Islander as they come. And as an Islander, there's a special place for Rangers fans in all of our hearts (in a negative way).
New York Islanders: Butch Goring goes off on Rangers fans
The rivalry between both clubs is, just like Butch Goring, legend-wait for it -ary. The players just like the fans carry that disdain for their crosstown rivals. Butchie, a former player, clearly still carries it too.
Recently, Goring was not in the mood to tolerate Rangers fans speaking ill of the Islanders and star player Mathew Barzal in his mentions. Number 91 did not hold back with his response putting them in their place with a series of tweets.
First, it was this one in response to some Mathew Barzal slander post-All-Star Game roster selections. Butch was not going to let some comment slide about Barzal being some marginal player for the Rangers (in the hypothetical world where Barzal was on their team). His response was direct and probably pretty rough for that one Rangers fan.
And it didn't end there. His very next tweet, two days later, went a step further and went after the Rangers fanbase for their 'silence' the last three years.
You know, the years in which they ranked 21st in the NHL for points with a 96-87-25 record for 217 points? Meanwhile, their hated rivals the Islanders held a 115-67-24 record for 254 points. Yeah. Those years.
Ouch. That hurts. Of course, Rangers fans could very well get the last laugh. Their club is doing very well in 2020-21. At the time of writing the Rangers rank third in the NHL and first in the Metropolitan while the Isles are 27th in the NHL and eighth in the Metro.