NHL on NBC hires Mike Babcock, cuts Mike Milbury ahead of 2020-2021 season


Mike Babcock is back in the NHL, but he won’t be behind the bench.

NBC Sports has announced that Babcock will join the network as a studio analyst for a number of NHL games this season, alongside former players Ryan Callahan, Dominic Moore, Patrick Sharp and Keith Jones.

Mike Milbury, who was an analyst for NBC Sports for over a decade, is not coming back. Milbury has been suspended from the network after a series of offensive comments he made during the playoffs towards women, injured players and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who left the playoff bubble to be with his ailing daughter .

“We are grateful to Mike for all of his contributions to our coverage for 14 years, but he will not be returning to our NHL Announcement Team. We wish him good luck, ”said NBC Sports in a report provided to Associated Press.

Babcock was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in November 2019 after the team opened the season with a 9-10-4 record. His reputation took a hit soon after when reports of how he treated his players began to circulate, including a story where Babcock asked Leafs rookie Mitch Marner to rank his teammates’ competitive levels. , then shared Marner’s thoughts with the team.

“I was trying to focus on the work ethic with Mitch – focusing on role models – in the end, it wasn’t a good idea. I apologized at (the) moment, ”Babcock sent Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in response to the Marner incident.

Since then, Babcock has mostly kept a low profile. In September, he was interviewed for the vacant Washington Capitals head coach position, which was ultimately given to Peter Laviolette.


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