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Asked Wednesday how he would stop Perry, Milbury said, "If I were playing against him, I would want to hurt him in a painful and permanent way." Milbury, a former NHL player, coach and general manager, later seemed to soften his remarks by saying he would want to have Perry on his team, but Milbury's use of the word "permanent" seemed to take things over the line.
"Obviously it's not something that's been taken lightly," Perry said. "If somebody said something about his kid that way, how would he feel? It's kind of my response. It's all I'm going to say."
Asked if he would want an apology Perry replied, "Yeah, sure, but it is what it is."
NBC Sports/NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood issued a statement regarding Milbury's remarks: "I talked to Mike and told him that even though it was a tongue-in-cheek segment that built to a compliment -- with Mike saying that he'd want Corey Perry as a teammate -- word choice matters, even when attempting to be humorous. Mike understood."
An NHL spokesman said the league would have no comment on Milbury's remark.
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said he didn't want to get into Milbury's comment but added, "I'm really happy Corey Perry's on my team."
Perry’s teammates came to his defense. “It’s a slip-up. Everyone knows what he’s trying to say. Shouldn’t be said about anybody,” Ducks captain
Getzlaf also said Milbury should apologize. "Hundred percent. I'm sure he will," Getzlaf said. "I'd expect nothing else. You go out and make a mistake on national TV, I expect you to make an apology. And life goes on."
Staff writers Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire contributed to this report