On April 28, 2012, I wrote an article at Islanders Op-Timism saying that, personally, I believed the Islanders would stay because Nassau County would get its act together and strike a deal with Charles Wang. I was wrong.
In this same article, I stated, ”I don’t think Wang wants to sell. I think he actually wants to be here. He’s also losing a lot of money every year. He’s a fan, but it’s also his business. If the County wants to test him, then he will leave. There’s no time for games other than the one on the ice.” It appears the clock has run out, and a lot sooner than I thought it would. The New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn. The move should be announced today at 1 PM EST.
It’s a sad day for Long Island, and politics are to blame. Of course, I’m not going to get into that, but I’m going to say that it’s not all bad
If the rumors are true, the Islanders are expected to sign a 25-year lease with the Barclays Center, which means the Islanders will have a permanent (and brand new) home for many years to come. It’s not in Kansas City, or Quebec. It’s a new beginning, and something Islanders fans should be happy with.
The Islanders also find themselves in positive headline for the first time in a long time. It may not have been what we wanted to happen, but it was a much needed move for the Islanders, its fans, and the players involved. The Islanders now have “relevance” again, even if they put the same team on the ice.
This relevance will only give hockey a boost in New York. The Islanders will no longer be the little brother to the New York Rangers. The (Brooklyn) Islanders will be right in the middle of things in NYC, and you better believe this rivalry is going to benefit from it. Islanders-Rangers has grown stale (to outsiders) over the past decade, and now it’s time to revive that. Hockey in NYC has meaning again. Winter Classic, anyone?
By the way, if you think you’re going to get the “same old Isles,” well, you will not. The Islanders will become contenders in Brooklyn. Brooklyn will attract stars, and whoever owns this team, whether it be Charles Wang or anyone else, this team will spend, and they will produce a winner. There are no more excuses. Players will not shy away because of the Nassau Coliseum. Suddenly, the Islanders look alive, and not decrepit like their old arena. The world may begin to see the Islanders as a team with a future, which has been overshadowed by the lack of a future for the franchise. Yes, these Islanders have talent, and yes, they will now spend on more.
Again, I’m sorry. I’m sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up. Mine were up. Only positives from here, though. I have to say, I’m not nearly as sad as I thought I would be when this day came. If anything, Islanders fans should rejoice. We can finally say we have found some closure. We can finally put this mess to bed. We will not be dragged back and forth anymore. There’s no more weight on my shoulders.
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About the Author: Writes at Islanders Op-Timism. Islanders Season Ticket Holder who tends to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hofstra Graduate currently working at Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates. I definitely want to end up working within the world of hockey. Blog: www.IslandersOptimism.com E-Mail: ChristopherTriantafilis@gmail.com Twitter: @ChrisTriants