Yes--Devils were able to schedule games at Izod first year.
Having 2 state of the art arenas is better than having one. Again, what I am saying is hear-say, but the Gibson rumor looks pretty true.
I promise to the few Islander guys on here I report decent info, not speculation!
Anyone else still watching???
I know they are not going anywhere this season, but its been fun to watch. Over the last month, we have lost Tavares, Okposo, Vanek, Grabs, Viz, Amac & Strait (maybe one or two others I forgot). During last night's braodcast, they mentioned that our 18 active skaters had played fewer NHL games than just Elias and Jagr. Yet, they have points in 4 straight and are 7-5-2 since the Olympic break. It may be easier to play with no real pressure in the games, but still, this has been a fun team to watch. Lee looks like he will be a stud. Strome has been better since his recall. And guys like Martin & Mcdonald are playing at a different level. Not drawing any conclusions about what it means for next season, but this last month has been way better than I think any of us could have expected.
The little kiddies are playing us right out of a better draft pick.....and that's a good thing.
Everyone has stepped up their game since the break. Up front at least. The blue is still ragged but that's without strait and Viz.
Now I'm watching for the little things in these games. One of which is physical play. And its really nice to see the whole team taking the body - not just everyone waiting and watching Martin hit a guy (arguably) a second too late. It seems like across the board these guys are playing a more physical game and its nice to see.
And just as an aside, there was one time in the first period where Martin was legitimately taking liberties with some Devils and Clowe comes up, gives him a push and challenges him. I realize that that would be stepping outside his weight class a bit but if you're going to do what Martin does, I think you need to dropp'em there. Instead, he begged off but I didn't see him out there with the same vigor as before.
Any new news about Wang selling? TBH I've been a bit out of the loop concerning the Isles lately because the season is winding down.
I'm sure there were many offers that surpassed what we received......until the old Wanger got involved.
I'm pretty sure I read somewhere about a month or so before the trade deadline that the Wanger group was about to default on a loan payment.
From a business standpoint, it seems rather prudent not to take on more debt if you can barely make your current debt payment. So I can see the Wanger saying "hell no" to taking some of Vaneks salary.
I did see this article in the Post today speculating on potential sale to Andrew Barroway from Philly - guy who made a play for the Devils a few years ago:
The New York Islanders’ latest effort to find a buyer is getting a lift from the team’s new landlord in Brooklyn.
Owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell the money-losing NHL franchise to Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Barroway for $225 million, plus another $75 million if the Islanders hit certain revenue targets, The Post has learned.
While Wang has been open to a sale for several years, there has been limited interest in a team that lost more than $10 million in a single season and has among the lowest attendance in the league.
But this time could be different because of a revenue guarantee from Barclays Center, where the Islanders are set to start playing in 2015. In October 2012, the Islanders inked a long-term deal to move the team from Nassau County to Brooklyn.
The arena’s owners guaranteed the Islanders about $50 million in annual revenue for regular season games. Barclays would keep anything it collects in sponsorship, suite and ticket sales over that amount.
Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Ratner owns 55 percent of Barclays Center, while Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov owns 45 percent.
The move to Barclays Center is likely to boost attendance, but the owners still run the risk that the Islanders won’t fill enough seats. The Islanders don’t pay rent during the regular season, but they will if they make the playoffs, a source added.
The Sporting News first reported the sale talks, which Wang confirmed, on Friday but did not identify the potential suitor as Barroway.
Barclays and the Islanders declined to comment.
Any thoughts on Persson? He looks like another big body, plays hard, good skills, and likes going in front of the net.
And have I been so far out of the loop too miss that Clutterbuck is wearing the "A". How can Martin be overshadowed for an "A" for a guy that has not even been on the roster for 1 year. Martin just got his third straight Nystrom.
Montreal clinched a playoff spot.