Can anyone really get excited about the Islanders’ move right now? My issue is simple: there is no hockey.
Forgive me if I don’t celebrate with Michael Bloomberg, Marty Markowitz and Charles Wang. Brooklyn is better than Quebec, but it still feels like another punch to the soul for the true fans of a once-proud franchise.
To the fair-weather fan or perhaps the former Islanders players who did not follow the storylines, it seems a travesty that Nassau County has lost its hockey team. To just about everyone else paying attention, going to Brooklyn was a no-brainer.
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.
After just one day of the NHL’s annual spending spree, the natural impulse for Islanders fans is to roll their eyes and mutter to their friends that, as usual, there’s nothing to see here. Well, they’d be wrong.
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.
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.
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.
It just feels like the Islanders are simply passing time until they die. Morale among the faithful is at an all-time low, and considering all the absurdities that have gone on over the last 15 or so years, that’s saying something.
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.