New York Islanders
“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.
Owner Charles Wang has agreed to sell the Islanders to former Washington Capitals co-owner John Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin.
Bryan Trottier, the Islanders all-time leader in points, assists and games played, revealed the news during an interview with WGR radio’s “Sabres Hockey Hotline” on Tuesday.
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.
It appears a case of “seller’s remorse” by Islanders owner Charles Wang has really annoyed Andrew Barroway.
Negotiations with the Philadelphia lawyer and hedge fund manager “have ceased” and “are not expected to resume,” according to Newsday.
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.
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 24-year-old native of Montreal was thrust into action last season due to injuries to veteran Evgeni Nabokov and went 11-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average.
In statement released by his agent, Vanek said he was asked for his cooperation in an investigation. He said he wasn’t a target of the probe or prosecution.
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.
The Islanders’ payroll is currently ranked 17th in the NHL. That may seem like a fairly benign statistic to most, but to the fans of this beleaguered franchise it’s a further sign of a philosophical shift in thinking.
The Islanders’ future was on display at Nassau Coliseum this week and it looked pretty darn solid.
“Disbelief,” McDonald told CBS New York’s Peter Schwartz about the move to Brooklyn. “My reaction basically centered around the fan base and the folks that have been so loyal.”
New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.