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In case you don't recognize him, that's Mike Milbury, and he's shoved down our throats every night as a "hockey expert". Where did Milbury get his expertise you may ask? We don't know either. He was a former general manager of the New York Islanders. I guess that counts for something, right?
Ever wonder who the genius was that signed the injury-prone Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract? That was Milbury. And while $4.5 million a year may not seem like a lot now, in 2006 when the contract was signed, the cap was only $44 million. In comparison, DiPietro's $4.5 million contract then is like a $6.5 million contract now. Great move Mike.
Speaking of DiPietro, Milbury is the guy that drafted Rick. Maybe not a bad decision at the time until you realize that Milbury selected DiPietro with the first overall pick over Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Niklas Kronwall, Paul Martin, Lubomir Visnovsky, Ilya Bryzgalov, and others.
So one decision isn't bad enough? Let's look at the reputation Milbury received on the trade market. First, Milbury decided it would be a good idea to trade Olli Jokinen and Roberto Luongo to Florida for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha. Don't feel bad if you had to look them up.
Next up? How about trading Zdeno Chara and a 1st round pick that turned out to be Jason Spezza to Ottawa for Alexei Yashin. Milbury then signed Yashin to a deal that took $7.1 million out of the salary cap per year (after the lockout) despite Yashin only scoring more than 70 points in one of the seasons he played with the Islanders.
Yes, Mike Milbury is certainly a hockey expert, and you should listen to his every word on NBC so that you too can become a fountain of knowledge in the game of hockey.