1) Has Mike Milbury has finally left the Islanders? Many fans of the maligned once proud franchise would have sworn that Milbury was still pulling the strings as early as this afternoon. Now, with the apparent departure of the man, dubbed 'Mad Mike' by the media for his crazy wheeling and dealings over the years, the reigns are now in the hands of......... Garth Snow?
2) Well, not entirely, but at least with Mike's leaving the stories and the understandable paranoia surrounding the old GM still running the team can be dispelled. Snow still has much LESS discretionary power than the average GM. He still has to answer to Charles Wang and his round table of hockey advisers, but the specter of Mike is gone....finally!
3) Many around the NHL are still asking how in hell did Mike last so long? Amazingly Mike was in the sales division of the Islanders for the past 18 months. Many found that odd/amusing considering Mike's apparent abrasive nature. Evidently by his long tenure, Mike can kiss ass pretty efficiently as well.
4) Where we found Mike to be at his best was as a hockey analyst. Many might recall before he was hired by the Isles he was with ESPN. He along with Barry Melrose were the in studeo guys back then. Many felt at the time that he was better than Barry. Not holding any punches(or shoes) with his comments. Hopefully Mike will return to this medium where we feel he excelled best. Best of luck Mike!