More than a year ago an Islanders source warned me that the minority percentage of possible suitors outside of New York would rapidly climb. Eventually, that person said, this idea might even reverse, and become the bigger possibility. Well, it’s starting.
For Islanders fans, the trade deadline is annually almost as frustrating as summer free agency. Fans seem to hold onto the dream that there is some magic pill to be swallowed here that will somehow solve all the team’s problems.
If the Islanders and Nassau County are to ever get together on a new plan to keep the team where it is, it appears the window for such a meeting of the minds has now been stretched closer to 2013.
The confirmed preseason NHL game next season at the Barclays Center is part of a larger initiative to get the Islanders and owner Charles Wang to consider permanent relocation to Brooklyn, WFAN.com has learned.
The Islanders playing a preseason game in Brooklyn next season has created a stir, but don’t expect it to blossom into something long term. There seems to be simply too many roadblocks ahead preventing a permanent relocation.
Rick DiPietro is shrinking and sadly hobbling before our eyes as chronic injuries have basically made him barely a backup goalie if you judge him on stats and play alone, forgetting any contract. Yet the Islanders may very well get a window to send him on his way.
Sources told WFAN.com on Thursday that the Islanders are in discussions to host a preseason game next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the future home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.
Hope is an easy sell these days, simply due to so many fans being uncomfortable in the uncertainty that followed the failed Coliseum referendum.
When Gary Bettman took over the NHL in 1993 after working under David Stern in the NBA, he painted a picture of a faster, newer style of game that would appeal to the U.S. market. What he didn’t count on was the problems it would cause for his players.
Unless Jack Capuano has a Scott Gordon-like meltdown or clashes with the Islanders’ brass, he will not be going anywhere. Those who are waiting for the axe to drop like it did last season will be waiting a while.
Developing players seems to vary depending on the recipe, but there is no doubt that the Islanders need theirs to be more than just a dash of project and a sprinkle of hope.
The tale of these two teams is quite simple. The Rangers are on a tear near the top of the Eastern Conference, while the Islanders are better than just three other NHL teams.
Though disturbing in many ways, many fans probably cannot contain their mirth, disgust, or complete lack of surprise, that Mike Milbury, the Islanders’ former coach and general manager, was charged with assaulting a minor late last week.
In 2008, the Islanders drafted in the 2nd round a player many pegged to be a 1st round pick, from Etobicoke, Ontario, a forward named Corey Trivino. What’s happened since has been nothing short of a staggering fall from grace.
No corner on the Islanders season has been turned just yet. However, being able to put on the brakes to this year’s losing streak is far different to last year’s spin out into oblivion. That is a clear step forward.