Milbury steps down as Islanders senior VP

May 29, 2007 - 11:53 PM UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Mike Milbury, whose tenure as general manager of the New York Islanders was marred by coaching changes and blockbuster trades, resigned as the club's senior vice president of sports properties Tuesday.

After stepping down as the club's general manager in January 2006, Milbury took on a leading role in the front office of owner Charles Wang's sports teams, the Islanders and New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.

"Charles gave me the opportunity of a new challenge for the last 18 months and I enjoyed every minute of it," Milbury said. "I'm very proud of our staff and the strides we made last season in corporate sales, customer service and community relations."

Milbury will stay on as an advisor to Wang.

"Before I purchased the franchise and provided Mike with the stability and resources he never had early in his tenure, the Islanders were out of the playoffs for nearly a decade," Wang said. "Worse than that, most years they didn't even have a chance when the season started. It was Mike who made the aggressive moves that put the Islanders back on the NHL map."

During his 10 years as general manager, the Islanders had nine different coaches while managing to make the playoffs three times.

The list of stars sent packing by Milbury included Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe, Eric Brewer, Wade Redden, Roberto Luongo and Zdeno Chara.

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