When Dave Lewis was fired June 15, Mike Milbury became one of four candidates to replace the short-tenured coach behind the Bruins bench.
Lewis's position ultimately went to Claude Julien, but Milbury will still be working at TD Banknorth Garden in 2007-08.
NESN announced yesterday that Milbury, the former New York Islanders executive and ex-Bruins coach, will serve as a studio analyst for the upcoming season. Milbury, never known for hiding his sharp tongue, will provide analysis in NESN's pregame, intermission, and postgame segments. Milbury will work at the Garden during home games and in NESN's Watertown studio for road matches.
"I'm very happy to be joining the NESN team," Milbury said in a statement. "This opportunity is giving me a chance to be connected once again with the organization that I cheered for growing up and broke into the league with both as a player and a coach."
Milbury, who will also be a studio analyst for NBC's "NHL Game of the Week," will fill the NESN seat of ex-Bruin Tom Fitzgerald, who was recently named director of player development for the Pittsburgh Penguins. NESN has not decided the number of games Milbury will work.
NESN spokesman Gary Roy said the rest of the studio broadcast team will be finalized later this month. The lineup will have undergone significant change, with play-by-play man Jack Edwards taking over home broadcasts from Dale Arnold, whose contract was not renewed, and producer Brian Zechello replacing Doug Wheeler, who retired at the conclusion of 2006-07.
Sigalet, drafted by the Bruins in 2001, played in 25 games for the P-Bruins last season, going 15-5-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. The 26-year-old will most likely serve as Tuukka Rask's backup in Providence.
Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at FShinzawa@globe.com.