“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” Of course, those Grateful Dead lyrics aren’t in reference to the Islanders’ ownership situation, but they might as well be. It’s been twist and turn after twist and turn for this franchise.
Every week, we’ll rank the best players in local sports history by uniform/jersey number, in sets of 10. So with that said, let’s start from the top. Here are 99-90.
Though the NHL has denied the latest expansion report, it’s always fun to analyze which cities “deserve” or “don’t deserve” to have teams.
Steve Ballmer was introduced as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers this week, and he wasted no time showing his enthusiasm for it.
Johnny Manziel is young, as are most of the players on this list, so there’s still hope that he’ll mature one of these days. Or years.
These places have come and gone over the years, but New York and New Jersey boast some of the best in the country. Here’s how they stack up against each other.
For many fans of the New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum was a second home, or even hallowed ground. This is the team’s final season on Long Island, and it’s going to be a very emotional year for a lot of people.
Sports on their own are dramatic. When Hollywood gets involved, things are taken to an entirely different level. And since we’re already emotionally invested, we love that.
We love our sports teams, which means we hate the ones that try getting in the way. What can we say? We’re passionate about these things.
The final season at Nassau Coliseum is no longer this thing that’s happening in a few years, like it was in 2011. It is here and we are about experience it. It will be an emotional farewell for a lot of people.
As far as professional sports is concerned, New York is the biggest stage in the country and arguably on the planet. Stars tend to want to play here, even despite the pressure that comes with the territory.
This week, the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed it’s 2014 inductee class. As always, there were players who didn’t make the cut, leaving the window open to continue the debate as to who should get in and who shouldn’t.
This is a pivotal year for the Islanders, and they’re going to be under a ton of pressure to come through. Fortunately for them, playing in the Metropolitan Division makes that task significantly less difficult.
The great states of N.Y. and N.J. aren’t exactly known as a breeding ground for star hockey players, though there are quite a few people who’d say differently.
If Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Griffin Reinhart are going to be a big part of the Islanders’ core and they have enough to get by at the NHL level right now, they need to be on the team in 2014-15, plain and simple.