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Mike Milbury out, Ryan Callahan in for NBC’s National Hockey League coverage

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Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2021, 19:43

Milbury and analyst Brian Boucher were discussing the benefits of the NHL's playoff bubble during the broadcast of the Islanders' series-clinching win over the Washington Capitals.

April 19, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock (left) looks on from behind the bench during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The most significant change: the removal of Mike Milbury from his duties as grumpy old man/studio analyst.

As Babcock joins NBC, Mike Milbury, who was working for the company for 14 years, will not be brought back for this season.

According to USA Today, the new National Hockey League season starts Wednesday with a tripleheader that will be aired on NBC Sports Network. "We wish him well".

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Sports unveiled its game and studio commentators for the 2020-21 season on Monday. Popular broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick retired after last season.

Former NHL forwards Ryan Callahan and Dominic Moore will also debut as studio analysts, joining Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp. He was sacked by the Leafs in November 2019, during his fifth season in Toronto. Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke will be the network's play by play voices. Following his dismissal in Toronto, stories of his mental abuse of players began to circulate. While with Toronto, Babcock made rookie Mitch Marner create a confidential ranking of his teammates based on how much effort they gave on the ice, and then Babcock shared that list with the players at the bottom of the ranking.

Milbury was initially benched by NBC Sports during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs after making an on-air joke about women being a disruption to players' "concentration" during the hockey season. He'll serve as a studio analyst, according to NBC.

Asked later for details, Flood declined to elaborate.