Milbury out, Babcock in for NHL broadcasts on NBC

Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey head coach Mike Babcock smiles during the team's outdoor practice in Toronto, Thursday Feb. 7, 2019. Babcock is joining NBC’s studio coverage more than a year since being fired by Toronto. Mike Milbury has been taken out of NBC Sports' TV coverage of the NHL this season.

Mike Milbury is out and Mike Babcock is in for NBC Sports' coverage of the NHL this season.

Milbury had been with the network since 2008 after coaching the Bruins and serving as coach and general manager of the Islanders. He stepped away from broadcasting during the 2020 playoffs after drawing widespread criticism for saying players should be more focused in the league's coronavirus bubble because there were “not even any women here to disrupt your concentration."

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