Mike Milbury rips Wayne Gretzky for his early performance on NHL broadcasts

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Mike Milbury is not a fan of “The Great One,” at least when it comes to his broadcasting work.

On “The Greg Hill Show” Thursday, the longtime Bruins fixture and ex-NBC analyst said he needs some caffeine in order to stay awake when Gretzky is speaking.

“Can you make a comment about ‘The Great One’ and not be 100% positive?,” Milbury said. “I needed a cup of coffee, to be honest with you.”

Milbury’s critiques echo those of many hockey fans, who are unimpressed with Gretzky on Turner’s NHL broadcasts. Turner signed Gretzky to a multi-year deal when it gained NHL rights, despite his complete lack of experience.

His performance so far reinforces the notion that great players don’t always make great analysts (hi, A-Rod)! Contrastingly, Paul Bissonnette, a journeyman who played six NHL seasons, has been hilarious so far.

Milbury is a fan as well. “I thought Bissonnette was pretty good,” he said. “He was kind of funny, brings it on his podcast, he’s pretty good at that.”

In order for Gretzky to become more like Bissonnette (words that have never previously been typed), he needs to up his enthusiasm.

“I think Wayne is new to the job,” Milbury said. “He’s gonna have to figure out you’ve got to bring some energy when you’re on camera. You can’t be monotone.”

You can say many things about Milbury, but he’s never boring. That’s for sure.