Mike Milbury formally apologized to the Penguins for his comments yesterday. [Puck Daddy]
"I reached out to David Morehouse and the Penguins about the comments I made yesterday on Philadelphia radio. In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Penguins organization and their fans."
Shero and Crosby quotes after the jump.
Ray Shero weighed in on Milbury's comments. [ESPN]
"It’s fine to have an opinion on players but when you’re making light of concussions, that’s not right,” said Shero. "I’ve gone through this with my own kid (who had a concussion), obviously we’ve gone through it as a team with Sidney Crosby and saw what it took for him to battle back from it over the past year, there’s nothing funny about post-concussion syndrome. I don’t think it would have been very funny had he made fun of [concussed Flyers captain] Chris Pronger in that light. There’s nothing funny about [former Flyers captain] Keith Primeau having to retire from it. This is an issue that is at the forefront of our league right now and to make light of these concussions is a real lame attempt at humor. He should know better than this.’’
"I’m not sure what he’s implying there,” he said. "Sidney Crosby is a fierce competitor, that’s what makes him great, that’s what makes him a great captain. It’s no different than a Peter Forsberg — they’re fierce competitors and they play to win the game."
As did Sidney Crosby. [PG]
"I really don't know where that came from. You can twist something a certain way, and he's obviously shown he's more than capable of doing that.
"He's pretty good at twisting things around, that's for sure."
"If you really know the game, most players are going to go out there and try to provoke that stuff, to have me retaliate, or get me off my game. And there are times where that does happen.
In other news, Danny Briere thinks Joe Vitale was trying to hurt him. [Philly]
“Look, everybody knows that (they) put the line that was on the ice, on the ice with a minute left in a game that was out of hand,” Briere said. “Everybody knows the intent, what the intent was. Was it a bad hit? No. It was a clean hit.
“But obviously, you knew what he was doing. He was obviously trying to hurt me. We all know that.”
Keep your head up, guy.
Around the league news:
Oilers coach and asshole extraordinaire, Tom Renney, will surely be fined for his comments after last night's loss to the Kings. [Puck Daddy]
Keep the sharp objects away from Flames coach Brent Sutter. [Calgary Herald]
Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey was suspended 1 game for his hit on Tomas Kopecky. [NHL]
Montreal goalie Carey Price might have a concussion. [TSN]