Don’t look so down, Jack. You get to keep your job. You have basically been cleared of wrongdoing. Garth has rightly jumped on the grenade.
It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.
Skepticism generally dominates the landscape when it comes to the Islanders. But, if the latest report is true, it has to be viewed as a positive by fans and a potential new owner.
The New York Islanders could have a new owner to go with their new home in Brooklyn. Charles Wang confirmed Friday that he is open to selling his majority share of the team.
Whether it happens now or in two years, it is going to happen. A change of ownership isn’t a pipe dream. It’s an inevitability, and it has been for quite a while. It makes complete sense, from a number of different perspectives.
I don’t need to sit here and tell you about everything that’s gone wrong with the Islanders this season, but I will tell you this: By no means is this team completely lost.
The popular fan website http://www.islesnation.net is organizing a protest of Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow during the team’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum.
It’s getting more and more difficult to convince anyone that perception of the Islanders is any different than their true reality.
For a franchise that’s had several low points over the past two decades, March 5, 2014, might’ve been the lowest from an emotional perspective.
The Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek because of one simple reason: They are not the Rangers. They cannot sit back and let name recognition sell the franchise. They need to roll the dice to take the next step.
For weeks, the hockey world was kept on edge about 30-year-old winger’ Thomas Vanek’s fate. He has made his decision, and the aftershocks are being felt all across Long Island.
There will be no escape from Nassau County after this season. The Islanders will reportedly play next season, the final season of their lease, in the place they have called home since 1972.
The sports-centric saying “it’s getting late early” is a mantra the Islanders operate under, mostly because they always seem to put themselves in perilous situations early in seasons. That applies to the Thomas Vanek situation as well.
We know the Islanders want to succeed, but they need to start winning games. That’s all that matters now. Moral victories don’t get you points in the standings. Actual victories do.
A lot can change over the span of an arena lease and this particular case is no exception to that. Unless Ratner and the Isles hit a grand slam here, nothing is off the table.