NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury made some headlines late Wednesday night for voicing his displeasure with Russia playing a "Eurotrash game" against Canada.
Milbury appeared on NHL Live on Thursday and was asked about his post-game comments.
"It is what it is," said Milbury. "It was a terrible performance by the Russians who played on the perimeter and shrank in the face of a physical force that was Canada yesterday. It was really not a good showing."
It's not the first time Milbury raised eyebrows during the Olympics, and anyone that follows hockey knows he's always been brutally honest and somewhat controversial. On and off the ice.
As a player with the Boston Bruins, he's perhaps best known for being the guy that crawled into the crowd at Madison Square Garden during a brawl and beat a fan with his own penny loafer (below). As an executive, he's known for being the former long-time general manager of the New York Islanders, and for his countless blockbuster trades that always seemed to blow up in his face (like trading Zdeno Chara and a No. 2 overall pick, later used on Jason Spezza, for Alexei Yashin).
While working in the Islanders front office he was always good for a sound bite, especially when dealing with agent Paul Kraus, and one of his clients, Ziggy Palffy, who played for the Islanders for six years during the 1990's.
Some examples: "I think the agent (Kraus) is a moron and way in over his head," and "It's too bad he (Kraus) lives in the city. He's depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot."
I admit, I laughed, and there's quite a few more examples out there.
As an analyst, he's become public enemy No. 1 with Washington Capitals fans for a number of reasons.
During an NBC broadcast a couple of years ago he mistakenly referred to the team as the "Crapitals" during a between-periods segment with Pierre McGuire, and earlier this season was involved in a confrontation with a Capitals blogger (though Milbury wasn't completely at fault for the exchange) following a game with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After the first period, with the Penguins winning, Milbury said this of the one-on-one battle between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin: "He's (Crosby) really matured into what everybody thought he was in the draft year, the complete player. To come here and say, 'Hey, Ovie, I'm still your daddy here ...' That's special."
The Capitals went on to win the game thanks in large part to Ovechkin recording a hat trick. Milbury was called on his comment outside of an elevator, leading to an exchange that made waves in the hockey blogosphere as people attempted to figure out who was to blame.
Of course, it's not just Capitals fans that are tired of Milbury's presence. Steve Lepore at Puck The Media echoed the sentiments of many hockey fans shortly after Wednesday's post-game show when he said that Milbury's "Eurotrash" remark "does nothing to advance our game."
And he's absolutely right.