New York Islanders legend and MSG Networks color analyst Butch Goring always has got the Islanders back.
On Wednesday night, Paul Bissonnette, pregame and intermission analyst for the NHL on TNT, took a jab at the Islanders, saying that he'd much prefer a team such as the Buffalo Sabres to make the post-season over Lane Lambert's group - even after the acquisition of Bo Horvat.
"I would love to see the Buffalo Sabres in the playoffs; they're way more exciting than the Islanders," said the Barstool Sports Spittin' Chicklets podcast co-host. The Islanders are the most boring team in the NHL. I do not want them to make the playoffs. I don't care if all of Long Island hates my guts. They are a snoozefest! Snoozefest!"
"Biz" has always been an agitator and someone that can get fans and players riled up. Well, his comments seemed to grab the attention of Goring, who responded on Twitter by saying, "Imagine all the hockey fans who had to watch this guy for even a minute. People who live in a glass house should not throw stones."
Bissonnette responded back to Butch not with a retort but with an invite.
"Care to come on our podcast to discuss? Explain to me how you stay awake for a full Islanders game these days Butchy. Redbull? What’s your secret?," wrote the former Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes forward.
Goring has far more on-ice credentials than Bissonnette, who scored seven goals and 15 assists in 202 NHL games across six seasons. Meanwhile, Goring is regarded as being the final piece of the Islanders dyasty puzzle when he was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 10, 1980. The 1981 Conn Smythe Award winner scored 375 goals across 16 NHL seasons and had his No. 91 retired by the Islanders on Feb. 29, 2020.
It would be fun to hear these two go at it on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast. They may even turn out to like each other! We'll see if Butch takes Biz up on his offer.