The Bruins’ Mitchell Miller signing was, to put it lightly, unnecessary. A mistake that did not need to be made. Most fans and media agree. And a rival exec in the National Hockey League agrees, too.
As reported in a new column by ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, an exec went on the record describing the Bruins’ Miller signing as: “One of the biggest unforced errors I’ve seen in my two decades working in this sport.” It’s a perfectly succinct way to characterize the move, in large part because Miller isn’t eligible to play in the NHL in the first place, and may never be. That’s on top of the public criticism it drew from players, and the level of front office incompetence it laid bare.
Key figures across the league have joined much of Boston in its disbelief.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 18: Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins attends the 2019 NHL Awards Nominee Media Availability at the Encore Las Vegas on June 18, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Ty Anderson and I discussed the entire Bruins-Miller debacle as part of the newest Sports Hub Underground podcast, which you can listen to above. Ty is one of the top Bruins insiders in the city, and from what he’s heard, Miller hasn’t shown any real remorse for his past behavior. And he cannot believe the Bruins did not talk to Meyer-Crothers or his family, in a stunning, borderline offensive lack of due diligence.
“This is a totally needless signing by the Bruins. They didn’t need this player,” Ty said. “To sign on for this baggage is one thing. To not do your homework on it is a totally other thing. That is, in my opinion, a fireable offense for somebody.”
Meyer-Crothers, whom Mitchell bullied over a period of several years as children and teenagers, broke his silence on the matter in a statement made through the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Warning to those who intend to read the statement: it contains stark details of Meyer-Crothers’ victimization, including racism and physical violence.
Incredibly heart-breaking read but a necessary one. Our actions or lack thereof, have real-life consequences. A statement from Isaiah Meyer-Crothers in his own words sent to Akim Aliu, HDA Chair, on November 8, 2022 which he asked the HDA to release publicly on his behalf. pic.twitter.com/dctpDdrXaL
Bruins President Cam Neely said during a press conference Monday that, of all mistakes he’s made, “This has been, no question, by far, our biggest.” But as Ty explained on the Sports Hub Underground, Neely is essentially launching an internal investigation of his own, suggesting that Sweeney could be the one under the microscope for this mistake.
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