According to an NHL source, Islanders owner Charles Wang will use the new developer aspects in Nassau County to put more pressure on the Barclays Center for a good deal. Things are starting to happen.
If you find positives in Nassau County’s new plan to renovate the area where the Islanders currently play, I have an old and dilapidated coliseum to sell you. This latest attempt to keep the NHL where it currently resides is pie in the sky.
The Islanders have had a cap floor budget for almost a year now. WFAN’s B.D. Gallof has learned that the bridles of that budget might be less restrictive for some free agency targets.
If there were any concerns about the state of the Islanders’ defensive prospects heading into last weekend’s draft, they’ve been addressed. And then some.
The time has come for predictions for the NHL Draft. What will the Islanders do? When it comes to this franchise, conventional wisdom is often trumped by the system. Have no fear for I will explain it.
In the final installment of a five-part series previewing the NHL Draft, B.D. Gallof spoke with Mark Edwards of HockeyProspect.com, who looked at the Islanders’ situation in a different light.
If you are looking for some of the most reliable NHL Draft rankings around, look no further than International Scouting Services. During a recent interview, ISS’s Dennis MacInnis shed some light on who the Islanders could draft.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie is considered hockey royalty in Canada. His words tend to be viewed as gospel, especially around draft time. McKenzie recently explained his philosophy to WFAN and touched on who the Islanders might pick.
The NHL Draft is less than two weeks away and rumors continue to swirl over what the Islanders will do with their first-round selection. Some say take a forward, while others are demanding a defenseman.
Conventional wisdom suggests the Islanders will select the best player available when they pick at No. 4 in June’s NHL Draft. However, one expert believes there are defensemen they should give serious consideration.
The Islanders are at a crossroads. The rebuild is at a pivotal juncture. If Garth Snow doesn’t find a way to entice significant parts to this team via free agency this summer, this already untenable situation could get a whole lot worse.
Their are a lot of people out there who fancy themselves experts on the Islanders’ arena situation. They will tell you Nassau County remains a viable option. It’s not, and there are a multitude of reasons why.
As you continue to watch the playoffs, you might want to take a look at a team that was once in the same boat as the Islanders — the Florida Panthers. It will give you some perspective on why certain things play out the way they do.
For Islanders fans, you are once again on the outside looking in, but, despite all of the franchise’s problems, the on-ice product is a lot closer to being a serious force than many would have you believe.
OK, we’ve put this off long enough. It’s time to talk about what the Islanders did on the ice this season. Its time to face facts, look beyond the stats, and make some calls on what we will see this summer and next season.
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