Sound Bite: Former Islanders’ GM Mike Milbury Gets Torched On “Mike And The Mad Dog” After Canning Peter Laviolette

It starts with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo asking then Islanders general manager Mike Milbury “how are you still the GM?”, and it only gets more contentious from there.

The audio is from an appearance Milbury made on the radio show “Mike And The Mad Dog” on June 3, 2003, the day Milbury fired then head coach Peter Laviolette. Laviolette and the Islanders had made the playoffs for the two years he was at the helm, leaving many Islanders fans scratching their heads.

Milbury said himself he asked Laviolette to just make the playoffs and admits he received a passing grade and had a good first season, and admitted Laviolette had “promise”.

The interview gets ridiculous when “Mad Dog” and Milbury begin arguing over whether or not to include “interim” head coaches in the total number of head coaches under Milbury’s reign as GM of the Islanders.

In the end, it’s easy to see why Milbury didn’t succeed in the GM role. The players he names as positive acquisitions made by him, whether via the draft or trade, are not exactly hanging from the rafters.

Laviolette would go on to win the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes just three years later.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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7 Responses to Sound Bite: Former Islanders’ GM Mike Milbury Gets Torched On “Mike And The Mad Dog” After Canning Peter Laviolette

  1. Anonymous says:

    Milbury was clueless. It’s a shock he even got a GM job.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    In the case of Milbury, I want to sing, “Here we go round the Milbury bush”. He was a bush league GM.

  3. DC Scappeli says:

    I loved this clip of Alan May challenging Mike Milbury arguing over Ovi and Dale Hunter
    once Boudreau was let go.

    Milbury is such a clueless jerk

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