Mike Milbury to Step Down

According to TSN.CA, Mike Milbury will be stepping down as GM of the New York Islanders:

“Owner Charles Wang announced at a new conference Thursday that Milbury would step down as GM once a replacement for him was found. The era of Mad Mike appears to finally be coming to an end…

”My goal is to have someone in place by the June draft and off-season signing period,” Wang said. ”Until his successor is found, Mike will continue to run hockey operations and work with coach (Brad) Shaw because we are not giving up on this season. “


22 Responses to Mike Milbury to Step Down

  1. Kashin says:

    even though they stink this year, this is a very happy day in the history of the isles

  2. Scruffy05 says:

    Who else sees Brent Sutter taking both the GM and coaching job? there has been some rumblings that is what he wants, and with teh Isles too.

  3. islesfan4lyfe says:

    i say make ken morrow gs and brent sutter coach

  4. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    The only thing left for Charles Wang to do is rename the Nassau Coliseum to the Viagara Center.

  5. capouel says:

    It’s worst than that they want i’m VP…

  6. Gretz99NYR says:

    We ranger fans owe you Dear Isles fans an apology. Had it not been in part for the Rangers LEAGUE DONIMATION, and MAGNIFICENT COACHING, the Isles would not be in this worrysome fix. We know how miserble it is to watch lousy hockey ( and O, How we know!), and we sympathize with our beloverly New York buddies.

  7. Tweek says:

    its about bloody time…..

  8. wheresthesoda says:

    best move milbury has ever done….when do they plan on having the replacement???…

    “My goal is to have someone in place by the June draft”…why wait so long….that would be ridiculous

  9. Trickst says:

    first step in the right direction after the acquisition of yashin. *claps*

  10. WangKumar says:

    This really had to happen. I have always defended mad mike and gave him a free pass the first seven

    years due to a horrible ownership. Yes, the Yashin deal was HORRIBLE, but you have to remember two things: 1) there was no salary cap then, and 2) the franchise needed to do something at that time, and they added a guy who was a MVP finanlist (did he ever win it?) and a consistent scorer.

    Its been two and a half seasons since their supposed “stepping stone” season (lost a hard fought series to the leafs in 7 where they gave the leafs everything they could handle) where the team was young and the future looked bright. The team has gotten worse since then and the franchise has regressed. None of the moves Mike made this offseason have bettered the team and the fans like me have been disappointed with the effort.

    The islanders right now are a desperate team and they really need to bring back guys from the glory years. Not only because they respect the organization, but guys like Sutter or Gilles would never put up with half-assed efforts that disgrace the team. It also would benefit for PR purposes because it would attract some of the older fans, and with more fans and energy, Wang may finally get his dream of a new coliseum/convention center.

  11. wingerxxx says:

    He’s doing the right thing. It was good that he stepped aside and a big mess didn’t have to be made of it. Milbury simply hasn’t shown that he can build a winner out of this team. He never recognized that Yashin is not the kind of player that makes players around him better. When it took him 3 years to finally find a proven scorer for Yashin to play with, it was too little, too late. It’s great that they are starting over again in the front office. I think that he had a lot of enthusiasm for his job, but quite a few of his deals were just a little too outrageous, and long term consequences were not considered.

  12. CaptainDrizzunk says:

    League Domination? um…….no.

  13. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    same ken morrow that was on that 1980 usa team right?

  14. Beckfan5 says:

    Ding dong the witch is dead!

  15. monley89 says:

    the day has finally come, *sigh of relief, big breathe*

  16. Rysto says:

    Yashin was a Hart finalist once. He’d never came close in previous years.

  17. ISLES72 says:

    So can someone tell me if its possible to waive yashin? if we can, how does that work with the cap and paying him?

  18. wingerxxx says:

    It’s definitely possible, but I don’t think it’s worth it right now. He is still their leading scorer and their captain. I’m not sure if the organization wants to be making waves that big when they aren’t even out of the playoff race just yet. And especially when their coach and GM have just left…it’s a lot of turmoil to handle. But, I expect management to do the right thing and try to get rid of him by the time the season is over though.

  19. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I liked Milury, but his track record speaks for itself in terms of moves her made. You can put an All Star Team together with the names he’s traded over the years, and you could put a Florida Panthers like team together with the players he got in return.

    Even one of his great moves (getting Yashin, I’ll explain in a minute) eventually came back to haunt him since it cost him Spezza, Chara, and nearly $100 million.

    The Yashin move wasn’t a bad one at the time. He was a great player who’s only flaws at the time were being greedy and having Canada hate him and automatically overlook his skill just because of that. He was good his first year there, took them to the playoffs. His contract was going to be a problem sooner or later, but who thought it would be this soon?

    I also don’t get the hate for Yashin. So he likes having money. Who wouldn’t? If you were offered $100 million would you turn it down? He’s not a bad guy, and when he wants to be he’s a great player. Let’s get over the holding out from Ottawa thing.

  20. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Agreed on Yashin. The only fault about signing him was the 10 year deal, but aside from that, you can’t say the Islanders wern’t a better team after they got him. Sure, it looks like a bad move now, but it wasn’t at the time, it helped them have a good year and make the playoffs, and it’s not like Milbury could’ve passed out $100 million to one player without the owner approving it or suggesting it himself.

    Getting Peca that year was a good move to. See, there were some bright spots. But Peca wasn’t the same after the Tucker hit, Yashin got lazy, and everything that was looking so good for the Islanders fell apart only one year later.

  21. NYIGoalie23 says:

    Yup, the miracle on ice team.

  22. NYIGoalie23 says:

    You make alot of sense.. Seeing as the Islanders are 2-2 against the Rangers this season. So I don’t see how the Isles sucking has anything to do with the Rangers playing pretty good hockey. Also not dominating. Not by any means.

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