Mike Milbury puts his foot in his mouth again, this time regarding Sidney Crosby, a look at what to expect next season from the Islanders, who are also whitewashing Pat Lafontaine from their history, grading the experts regular season predictions, five games the Avs could regret losing, ten Games the Capitals could regret losing, the career of Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon, the application for the vacant Canadiens GM job, and a very special Maple Leafs version of “Hinterland Who’s Who”.

PUCK DADDY/THE HOCKEY WRITERS: NBC hockey analyst Mike Milburycontinues to struggle with foot in mouth disease; in this case, insulting Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Milbury is the poor man’s Don Cherry, who’s only on TV because his outrageous comments generate ratings for the network, as well as the added publicity when his comments spark pundit and blogger outrage. Mission accomplished!

CBS NEW YORK: B.D. Gallof examines the bad and the ugly of the Islanders season, and what to expect for next season. He’s not optimistic over significant improvement.

Why are the Islanders ignoring Lafontaine's legacy?

DEADSPIN: Dom Cosentino on how the Islanders front office are whitewashing former Isles great Pat Lafontaine from their history.  Apparently, it’s tied to Lafontaine disagreeing with the direction of the team when he was part of the front office. Nice to see owner Charles Wang doesn’t bear a grudge all these years later.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner grades the experts’ regular season predictions. Everyone gets a passing grade, but a “C” average is nothing to brag about. Just goes to show the difficulty in predicting the outcome of an 82-game season, stretching from October to April. That the experts got the average they did is commendable.

MILE HIGH HOCKEY: Cole D. Hamilton on the five game the Avalanche could regret losing this season if they miss the playoffs.

JAPERS’ RINK: The Ten games the Washington Capitals will regret losing if they miss the playoffs.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks at the career of Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon.

DOWN GOES BROWN: The Montreal Canadiens application form for the vacant GM job.

YOUTUBE: Hinterland Who’s Who – Leafs Fans. Not a blog, but damn funny. Even Leafs fans will enjoy it…OK, those with a healthy sense of humor will enjoy it…

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3 Responses to NHL Blog Beat – April 3, 2012.

  1. Liddy5 says:

    I didn’t find Milbury’s comments all that outrageous. Probably shouldn’t have made the comment about Laviolette and his “skirt”, but the comments about Crosby are dead on. Keep in mind Milbury didn’t make these comments while on the job for NBC or CBC, so don’t see what the big deal is. Are we not allowed to criticize Sidney Crosby?

  2. sass101 says:

    Milbury should not be able to criticize any human on this planet. Maybe Crosby deserved to be called out for dirty play that game (the slash on Giroux off one faceoff after Crosby lost was clear) and other games in the past. HOWEVER, Milbury was no less a punk when played, and furthermore, he sent the Islanders into the ground 15 years ago. I think the reason people are getting wound up about this is more because of the source being Milbury.

  3. Ashley Rude says:

    Why does anyone think that Milbury has anything worthwhile to say. He had 2 fortunate years as a coach and might be one of the worst GM’s ever. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Milbury
    look at the write up on him and the horrible trades and draft picks that he made.

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