It is long past time for Mike Milbury to wear clown shoes whenever he is on NBC covering a hockey game.
Last night, the great bastion of all that is holy in hockey suggested that Ron Rolston should be fired.
Upon hearing that, I was immediately overwhelmed by a queasy feeling as I thought the world might be ending due to my being in agreement with Mike, until I heard his reasoning why, at which point I began to feel better, and the world began spinning on its axis once more.
Try and find a Sabres fan, any Sabres fan, that doesn't want Rolston fired, and if you accomplish that, you very well may have been talking to a member of his family. The total and complete absence of a plan of attack or well thought out style of play is the one and only reason all Buffalo fans want him gone. Well, that, his lack of a defined role for Grigorenko, playing Tallinder over Ristolainen, consistently putting John Scott in the lineup...ok, the list is quite long.
However, for the sanctimonious, at best, Milbury to claim Rolston should be shown the door for putting John Scott on the ice at that point of the game as if he ordered the hit on Eriksson is ridiculous, and really a new low even for a clown like him.
John Scott acted stupidly committing that blindside hit, without question, but how is that the coach's fault?
If you are confused by Milbury's logic, congratulations as you have an active, functional brain because Mike has a long history of making terribly informed comments that make as much sense as trying to fly to the moon by flapping your arms.
You can blame Rolston for a lot of things, but the hit John Scott laid out is Scott's fault and his alone, not the coach's.
You can accuse Milbury of a lot of things, but one of them is not that of being an insightful, intelligent hockey analyst, and last night was yet one more example of that.