New York Notables: NYIFC Unplugged

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/28/2014 12:47:00 PM | 1 Comment so far
I wish to start this entry by thanking all my visitors whether we agree or not.

For me this is only about the New York Islanders and I want for nothing else but another Stanley Cup or four straight. 

My hope is folks never read these entries and leave with the notion I'm lecturing or talking down to anyone. 

My sincere apologies to anyone who has ever felt that way.

8/20/12: Thirty NHL Teams One Day All With Financial Losses/NYIFC Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/26/2014 07:17:00 AM | Be the first to comment!
30 Teams One Day, All With Financial Ownership Losses

Seems like a good day for a repeat of an entry almost two years old.

Some of the stories have advanced forward since the days before another lockout as more teams have gotten even more taxpayer money/past bills forgiven, and of course new facilities (Detroit/Edmonton) with virtually no media attention. San Jose wants/needs more money from Ed Snider's Flyers for cable rights.

The Arizona Coyotes may have to fight for their agreed to taxpayer handout.

Dolan's yearly check from NYC taxpayers goes up to fifty four million dollars while a few of our fans operating from the Kate Murray/Jay Jacobs playbook beLIEve Charles Wang should still pay for an arena?

Mike Illitch robbed Detroit blind for those who have followed entries here since with no national/NHL media criticism. He did not even pay his bills for cable money back to the 1980's.

The Florida Panthers want/need more taxpayer money with their latest owner in place less than one year. 

This 2012 entry was written two months before Charles Wang announced his deal with the Barclay's Center with many of the faces on that stage gone or departing.

Our fans do understand the New York Islanders were never a primary tenant at the Nassau Coliseum beyond doing repairs for Nassau County since day one in 1972-1973.

Montreal Gazette Article On Josh Ho-Sang/PK Subban Outstanding

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/24/2014 06:20:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
Folks, simply put this is the one article you read this weekend or this summer. I rarely link to many general articles here anymore.

It's also why bloggers should stop acting like they are the professional media, who will link to anyone/anything to gain followers to sell themselves. 

Jack Todd came off the exact opposite of Pat Hickey's blind, unreasoning assaults on the Islanders, and some things he flat out made up which were contradicted by the media in Canada & Scott Gomez himself about coming here in a trade a few years ago.
Speak up for yourself, as Ho-Sang did, and the sizable Cro-Magnon segment of the hockey media (the ones who haven’t liked anything since Clarence Campbell was king) will try to crush you. Show a little flash and dash, as Subban did during his rookie season, and cretins from Mike Richards to Don Cherry are lining up to slap you down.
For a public entity such as Hockey Canada to refuse to invite Ho-Sang to camp is another matter. What’s the harm in taking a look at the kid who led the Windsor Spitfires with 85 points last season in the Hockey Canada camp environment? In making your own decisions, rather than relying on gossip and innuendo?
Gossip? Innuendo? New York Islanders? Anyone have a teams entire draft to sell Aaron Portzline?

Would I have posted today if Ho-Sang was not a New York Islander? No, however I have seen this perception article/coverage for many Russian/European players for years. Jagr got this kind of media treatment outside of Pittsburgh until he signed with Cablevision.

And any knowledgeable fan of the New York Islanders understand Casey Cizikas, and their former second rounder Corey Trivino finished up their college/junior careers with some real baggage.

Mr Todd does a fabulous job here describing the kind of players teams/NHL want.

Ho-Sang will never get any coverage in New York unless it is negative.

Jack Todd just wrote the best article of the summer by a mile.

Bridgeport/Stockton Signings

Ct Post 8/20: Michael Fornabaio had Howard Saffan's comments on the sale of the Islanders and what this means in the long-short term.

Some of these signings were written about here already because the newspaper writers/players/management confirmed them. The depth charts in Bridgeport/Stockton reflect most of these players will be assigned to the Thunder.

 Philippe Trudeau played four games with Bridgeport last season.

NYIFC Exclusive Interview 7/28/2008 With John Rolfe Of Sports Illustrated About Their Coverage Of The New York Islanders

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/21/2014 08:39:00 PM | | | Be the first to comment!
Alan Muir of Sports Illustrated is excellent criticizing the New York Islanders  which is the seemingly the only coverage the publication has the financial resources for. I have reasonable criticism of today's logo also, however his comments today in my view are over the top unprofessional.

In July of 2008 I did an exclusive exchange of e-mails with John Rolfe of SI, who told me flat out how their "Islander Follies" is done and maintained, along with things about the coverage back then.

I think 8/21/14 is a good time to revisit this, and it was a pleasure exchanging e-mails with John Rolfe in 2008. 

So What Happens Next? The New York Islanders Play The 2014-15 Season

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/20/2014 11:10:00 AM | | 2 Comments so far
Ultimately everything sooner or later turns to games on the ice, and this is without a doubt a critical season for the current product on the ice with its management.

The historical factors with it being the final full season at the Nassau Coliseum also play a big peripheral part of 2014-15 for the fans.

The management/players have to worry about winning hockey games, nothing else.

The folks in Plainview have to act as a team, and tone down the LI mantra once and for all which also seemed defiant/unprofessional about welcoming Halak to Long Island when most of his contract has him at the Barclay's Center.

That's what happens next beyond Charles Wang's legal response ordered by a court in 20/30 days to Barroway's lawsuit which no doubt will be leaked by a newspaper. 

Owners come/go everywhere, they will again with this franchise.

It's fair to say Charles Wang knew what he was doing, no one anywhere (myself included) felt anyone would come along with this amount of money to buy the club for the privilege of losing millions, and having their personal reputation ruined like all past/present team owners.

It's also not unreasonable to think the league helped him find a buyer(s).

Off The Ice:
Off the ice there are over a dozen things that have to be resolved, it may take even longer than two years but we can run through them here to get an overall blueprint.

Mr Barroway's agreement with Charles Wang give us many of the details below of what is likely to happen with whoever the next majority owner(s) will be. 

1. The new owner(s) have to be approved. Who's to say that's on the board of governors agenda in December? That could take a full calendar year, and if Andew Barroway's pending litigation drags on who knows how long this stays off the NHL agenda until it is resolved?

That could take years pending appeals.

1A. If a court awards ownership of this team to Barroway at the hand-shake deal price he has to be approved by the board of governors instead. This is a man who helped another NHL team secure financing, and spent his own money, so he will not be seen as unfavorable by the board unless he decides to sue them.

2. All these men then have to get their financing in order, it might take them over two years to pay Charles Wang enough money to become majority owners.

2A. Gentlemen, meet Bruce Ratner, your new landlord at the Barclay's Center. The people not speaking about anything right now as Mr Ratner is selling his ownership stake in the Nets to someone.

(could that be new Islander minority/majority owner one with past Wizards basketball ownership ties?)

This would mean the iron-clad lease is no longer iron-clad and as breakable as the one in Atlanta.

2B. Do new owners want two NHL home arena's with Coliseum home games as Mr Ratner promised?  (pending unlikely Dolan/NHL approval)

Yes, some of the those same people who have stayed home since 1989 who made it very easy for politicians to say no to any owner with any plan now think boycotting the team at Barclay's will drive them back into a downsized whatever/Coliseum in 2017 to again play before less than 10,000 for almost every game beyond opening night.

Good luck with that fiction.

I suspect the NHL is done with Nassau County forever so congratulate the politicians for making all of this possible, and those who were so dedicated to staying home. 

2C. The Bridgeport 2021 lease/Wang's ownership/management of Webster Bank Arena.
2D  Do these owners want an AHL team at all much less at the Nassau Coliseum?
2E. Wang's promises on name/logo/branding all are the decisions of the next owner sooner or later.
2F. Dolan/Msg total control of all television/Newsday content with no full time media elsewhere, and the NY Post ownership stake in Msg also creating perception from afar because they will not spend to hire a full time professional writer covering games.

I guess Forbes can hire a full time beatwriter now that their own board member proved Michael Ozanian's guesswork on the value of teams (especially the New York Islanders) is a total scam.

Ozanian for years made this big display of downplaying Islander financial losses because of the television contract he never referenced with the Devils who have a similar deal. 

3. Many of our fans want a public dismissal of Garth Snow/Jack Capuano/staff win or lose.

Win or lose a new majority owner(s) want their own people. The Caps former part owner was around when Charles Wang retained Mike Milbury and he made the playoffs at a big prospect price, but a far bigger price in fan support.

New owners usually want to change old perceptions, not everyone is as loyal as Wang, who could have fired Milbury day one, and been seen as a hero to many.

A full house-cleaning is not easy because many owners do not have ties to qualified people, as we see inexperienced former players hired to jobs as team president's all over the league.

Want George McPhee to be the next Islander gm because the new co-owner was there when he was hired in Washington? How about Wayne Gretzky because the other new owner referenced him?

3A. Worse case Snow is assigned to another position in the organization in a figure head role, as many former general managers are unless 2014-15 is a disaster on the ice.

Finally Charles Wang for what he is to be paid will have to transition to a minority owner, and take a big step back from whatever his involvement has been.

Folks claiming what he does (or does not do daily) are wasting your time because that's an internal matter.