Mike Milbury and Tim Connolly have a bit of a history. Milbury drafted Connolly in 1999 when he was GM of the Islanders and then subsequently shipped him off to Buffalo two years later in a draft day trade. I have no idea what things were like behind the scenes, but after tonight, I think I’ve got a pretty good idea.
Thanks to NHL GameCenter — the best invention ever — I am currently watching the Bruins/Flyers game tonight. Milbury is the studio analyst for NESN, the Bruins network. He’s flanked by a nice young lady who is the studio host, Kathryn Tappen.
During the second intermission, they’re going through highlights from games around the league. You would think things would be pretty tame. I know, it’s Milbury, but we’re talking about simple highlights here. Well, when they get to highlights of the Buffalo game, they play the video of Connolly’s goal, which opened the scoring. Tappen decides to ask Milbury for some comments on Connolly and he responds in the way we’ve kind of come to expect:
“Yeah, when he’s not being a self-centered little dick [he's pretty good.]“ “Tim Connolly, a former fifth overall pick…when he’s not injured or acting like a self-centered little dick he’s a very good player”
Live TV and folks who don’t have any internal mute buttons, a match made in heaven! A big thanks to NESN for giving Milbury a mic when he’s not on NBC or CBC. You’re keeping the masses entertained!
I’m currently banging my head against the wall for not pressing ‘record’ on my video capture program, but as soon as video surfaces on YouTube, it’ll be here. For now, I’m going to go have some Advil.
UPDATE is here.
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