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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mike Milbury for Pens GM

Another day goes by as the Pittsburgh Penguins search for a new general manager to replace the fired Ray Shero, and things still appear to be in the preliminary stages. WPXI had listed Pierre McGuire as a potential hire on last night's news, a candidacy we explored in depth on this site, but McGuire denied any interest in the job, saying on TSN radio the reason was "because honor matters to me". McGuire has seemed to withdraw himself from the search, and his lack of experience would have worked against him anyways, but it's entirely possible that Dave Morehouse could stay within the NBC organization as he tries to come up with a short list of candidates. Mike Milbury, the longtime GM of the New York Islanders, has the experience that Pierre McGuire lacks on his resume, and there's no telling what direction a non-hockey guy like Morehouse could go in. If Morehouse wants to explore non-traditional avenues in his search for the best man for the job, he could decide to bring in Milbury. With that being said, we take a look into Mike Milbury's candidacy:

Name: Mike Milbury

Age: 61

Current Position: Analyst, NBC Network

Championship Pedigree: n/a

NHL Playing Career:

- Defenseman, Boston: 1974-'87

Coaching Career:

- Head Coach, Boston: 1989-'91 (90-49-21 record)
- Head Coach, New York Islanders: 1995-'99 (56-111-24 record)

NHL Executive Experience:

- Assistant GM, Boston: 1991-'94
- GM, New York Islanders: 1995-'06

Notable Accomplishments:

February 6, 1998

- Traded Bryan McCabe, Todd Bertuzzi, and 3rd round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for Trevor Linden

- "It's not a gamble because Trevor's a guy who is also not so old. It only seems like he's been around forever. But I am heartsick at times at losing McCabe." -- Mike Milbury

June 24, 2000

- Traded Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen to the Florida Panthers for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha
- Drafted Rick DiPietro #1 overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, making DiPietro the first goaltender ever selected with the top pick in the draft

- "In the end, we thought the quality that DiPietro will bring is just a notch above Luongo. If we're wrong, we may have made an unbelievable mistake. It'll be bonehead city. It's my job. If we're not a better team immediately, off with my head. I've been here five years, and I'm tired of losing."  -- Mike Milbury

June 23, 2001

- Traded Zdeno Chara, Jason Spezza, and Bill Muckalt to the Ottawa Senators for Alexei Yashin

- "This is another bad trade for the Islanders, giving up a promising, young defender in Chara and gritty winger in Muckalt ... not to mention the second overall pick in the draft. What are they getting in return? Sure, Yashin is one of the most skilled players in the league, but what will his mindset be? If he wasn't happy with a pretty good club in Ottawa, why will he want to play hard for the lowly Islanders?"  -- Sports Illustrated

September 20, 2001

- Signed Alexei Yashin to a 10 year, $87.5 million contract

- "The contract broke no new barriers in terms of salary. It's the length of the deal that will open some eyes."  -- Mike Milbury

March 11, 2003

- Traded Chris Osgood and a 3rd round pick to the St Louis Blues for Justin Papineau and a 2nd round pick

- Traded Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres to the Edmonton Oilers for Janne Niinimaa and a 2nd round pick

- "What the Rangers do is irrelevant in my life"  -- Mike Milbury


  1. Hell no to Milbury and what the hell does "because honor matters to me" mean?

    1. McGuire and Shero are good friends, bought gifts for each other's kids, etc. Think Penguins would hope for someone with more experience. Milbury has exprience but the resume listed above does little to impress me and Mario has a long memory so it would surprise me if that would happen. On the other hand, Milbury is due for a move to work out.

  2. Why would Morehouse even CONSIDER a Penguin HATER like Milbury? Please don't allow this to happen Mario!!

  3. Milbury hates the pens, this has to be & better be someones sick joke

  4. I just puked in my mouth a little.....


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