Uniondale, NY (August 1) In the upcoming edition of the New York
Post's new magazine, Sports Week, writer Brian Compton has a feature
on Islanders general manager Mike Milbury and his tumultuous five
years in the organization. Among the topics Compton touches on with
the various ownership changes, including the reign of John Spano
("He's where he belongs," says Milbury.)
the hiring of Butch Goring
the drafting of Rick DiPietro
the challenge of signing the club's Group II free agents
his goals for next year ("competing for the playoffs") and the year
after that ("winning playoff rounds")
And of course, the article dissects the Islanders-Rangers rivalry, re-
kindled at the draft when new Rangers GM took a few shots at Milbury
in the media.
Milbury responds to Sports Week's Compton: "We were the center of the
draft and I guess (Sather) felt left out because he didn't have
anyone talking to him. So his ego might have been bruised. And when
his ego is bruised, it's bruised big-time because it's such a big
ego. I don't know what he was trying to prove there and he oughta
mind his own business. He's got enough things to do.
"Their organization has made so many egregious errors over the last
few years to inflict financial damage on the rest of the league.
They're totally selfish and they'll always be selfish and I live with
that. But it's amusing to see him go from the poorhouse to the
penthouse and forget about all those hard-ass values that were there
when he was in Edmonton."
Compton then asks Milbury if he dislikes Sather.
"No, I like Slats a lot," Milbury says with sincerity. "But I'm not
gonna take any [bleep] from him, either."
Sports Week will be available on newstands on Thursday, August 3.