Derick Brassard One Year Contract

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/21/2019 06:34:00 PM | Comment Here

On paper, it does not look very good, even for one year. Can they catch lightning in a bottle? Perhaps, but three teams last year, declining numbers, mileage not a good bet.

Dal Colle two years/Ho-Sang one

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/19/2019 05:45:00 PM | | Comment Here

Beauvillier, remains the final RFA, and likely the toughest negotiation, but Lamoriello said his one remaining RFA would be signed, could be an hour, or September.

Well deserved extra year for Dal Colle.

New York Notables...

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/18/2019 06:45:00 AM | Comment Here

To be clear for those who read this website, or follow the twitter feed, my impression of Scott Malkin & Jon Ledecky (who's never had any negative article written about him back to his days with Caps) is they are honest people, who wanted to purchase a hockey team. The notion Scott Malkin spent his share of 480 million to govern a money-losing team almost every single year since 1972 to build a mall at Belmont wilderness back in 2014 is absurd. You can get lots of land world-wide for a mall without spending that kind of money, much less the cost to fund a 70 million plus payroll with another 30-40 million in operating cost every year. Ledecky long before this point sold his stake in Washington.

Charles Wang's estate/Dewey Shay also have to pay.

No hard feelings, I don't agree with this plan. Only they know if Cuomo-Dolan told them it's this or Quebec. To me it has to be a NYC location, even if people sit on the floor at Barclay's, it's where the most people live with best mass transit access. Shea site had flaws but was in NYC with tons of highway access, it would be a perfect fit with Mets.

No doubt Cuomo-Dolan also demanded they forfeit territorial rights so Buffalo could play home outdoor game, so Dolan could keep his tax exemption. It may have been price for two arena approval which Dolan had to give with NHL, but I digress.....

On the ice, Lamoriello will announce who he signed already, and said others will be signed by camp.

Off the ice things are what they are. It was clear since 2016, Dolan wanted Belmont, and Cuomo's paid to get it for him, with the billions that go from Albany (via taxpayers) to Chase Garden, as fast as you can write Joe Percoco.

Dolan's media sold it 24/7 because it's for them, and their crony companies like Oakview/Azoff. I'm clueless to Wilpon-Sterling role in this given they can't develop in Flushing. My guess is Shea site was Scott Malkin's first choice, but Dolan told Cuomo, Belmont or Quebec, which is what Newsday employees pushed with no real details to this day.

Payback for 2013, a little of what they are getting with Clippers arena in LA on their doorstep.

The surprise here was Joe Tsai, not only buying Nets in full, but he bought Barclay's. He took Liberty off Dolan's hands, and wants them at Barclay's. I hope our owners talk to them before being part of any Belmont lease signing, and see if a Barclay's renovation is feasible.

Do I think that will happen? No.

Bottom line Belmont is for Dolan & his cronies. Billionaires don't like losing where they live, so the plan is put the Coliseum out of business. Once ground is broken, the NYI are a very disposable 41 day tenant. When attendance is what it's been since 1989, that's the end of the franchise in New York.

Do I think Malkin-Ledecky will do everything possible to fill the stands as a 41-day tenant? Yes.  

Will it work? No. We got all the proof we needed in March with the announced 11-12,000 in first place. My guess is for many of them that 2015 farewell was it. Other teams fan bases which got a second chance, like Winnipeg, Minnesota, filled their seats for seasons day one but those are cities. It will never work at Belmont with so many travel/price issues, in another isolated location while teams keep moving to cites or demanding that's what they need to survive.(Ottawa/Arizona) This is a fan base that walked in 1989 for good, beyond home openers or playoff games.

Malkin will have his mall, it will be the only one like this in the US. It will never work at that horrible congested CIP isolated location with a nice 1/2 mile walk, and no roads for 24/7 shuttle buses around the fringe of a racetrack, that frankly needs a full demolition of it's grandstand. NHL teams going there will literally be sequestered to that location during their stay, when players want to go to NYC.

Cuomo's price for a rail road station went from 300 million to 100 million in 24 hours, that's how dishonest the details & sudden announcements have been made. Dolan got a nice new, Cuomo LIRR entrance in June for 700 million (taxpayers) with ground already broken at Chase Garden. Cuomo wants a 4th term, Dolan wants his operating permit in perpututity to go with his tax exemption. Newsday/News12 can put out a ton of propaganda to get anyone in/out of office. Curran does what's she's told, or Todd Kamnisky will be the next choice for County Executive.

Once Belmont is under construction, no one will care if NYI play games there, Dolan would be very happy to bring down the Wolfack which was his 2013 plan to begin with, and put the cable contract money back in his bank. Maybe now they get back in game for HUB?

Prokhorov's Coliseum lease amendment in January 2019 made clear he cannot even approach Nassau to take his name off the Coliseum lease before 2024 at earliest, he now has NYI at Coliseum as his anchor tenant for two years. All this makes me wonder why did he opt out of Barclay's Islanders lease until 2040, now he has the team he supposedly did not want as his biggest sports draw? No way was Malkin-Ledecky opting out of 53.5 million a year at Barclay's guaranteed through 2040. Oakview will be the next Smg with no arena experience, who under-estimated their first renovation (Seattle) by 330 million already, Azoff will bring in his acts. Oakview was given keys to WBA by Islanders but Bridgeport's lease is over in 2021, and like the ballpark, it could be over for the arena.

Not many bad words for departing Yormark (beyond the Brooklyn spamming which could have been Ratner-Prokhorov-Markowicz, Eric Adams orders) who may be at Coliseum exclusively for a while. He made clear in 2013 what we see is what we get, there would be no major changes, he never lied. His legacy will not be good, but just like with very unpopular Michael Yormark's tenure with Panthers, his departure did not change their attendance. Our fans sat down with MTA to make the goal horn at Barclay's. Every time the fans/NHL/NYI wanted something he did it, but what the tiny LI crew who was actually outdrawn by Barclay's the first two seasons without Sat games, want is a max payroll, 1980 prices, just to barely announce 13.9k sellouts on game-day. Our owners spent 50 million to change management, 130 this summer to re-sign players, and still no is happy. Last season they only had to go 21 times, starting 12/1. They legitimately sold out 2-3 games, and it took until game-day vs Columbus, Leafs.
Barclay's got 14.8k, 14k, 13.8 last three games in Feb as a lame duck.

What do I think of Belmont? Like Nassau, it's not going to work at the gate. We will see crowds well south of 10,000 in Nassau this October. When this place opens, and it's empty, Dolan, his partners, and Scott Malkin will want this team sold/moved with NHL. Revenue is everything, and Bettman has been beyond patient with a franchise not pulling their financial weight since before he even became commissioner. The lease details will likely be hidden but forget the days of this team being in those iron-clad leases in Nassau/Smg from mid-80's through 2015. When they fail this time, the franchise will be history very fast.

Dolan's Belmont Arena Will Be Approved

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/26/2019 07:56:00 AM | Comment Here

Short of Malkin, Wilpon, Sterling or Oakview pulling out of this deal, Dolan will be handed his Belmont arena. It's a lock with no political authority to stop it's approval.

Andrew Cuomo wants something, it happens. I did some research on the Public Authorities Control Board, it's not the days of Shelly Silver blocking the west side stadium anymore because Dolan lined his pockets with his kids. Today it's a rubber stamp for Cuomo, who can remove any member for not voting his way to the point it's considered a crime.

Newsday/News12 does not have to get out of bed for this one, it's done, they can work full time at stopping HUB which Dolan lost. The above video says it all about PACB.

Next/Final Steps in Dolan-Cuomo-Msg Belmont Arena Scam..

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/24/2019 06:34:00 AM | Comment Here

Please stop buying Newsday's spin, it's not NYI arena at Belmont. They are a 41-day tenant, who's name is being used to sell/spam this. It's Dolan's revenge arena with his cronies (Azoff/Oakview-Leiweke) because Dolan lost in Nassau to Ratner/Prokhorov, which included the entire 77 acre HUB development, that was in Dolan's bid, so this is payback. Same as Dolan owns/operates/renovated the LA Forum, but Clippers want an arena next to Forum, so Dolan/Azoff want to stop it, and in LA care they about the community against the project, unlike Elmont/Floral Park where Newsday/News12 & NYI fans cyberbully the people who have to live next to this.

Our team is the 41-day act at Belmont like LI Nets at Nassau until no one goes (by second game) and Dolan in a few years after it opens, brings in the Wolfpack. Scott Malkin pays something for a mall no one will go to far away from so-called railroad station. Wilpon-Sterling at 111 Great Neck Rd (seven miles from Belmont) have big cash to pay, but I digress.

So what's next?

LIBN (only credible small outlet reporting like credible newspapers do with no stake in this) did report Empire State Development (ESD) 10 day comment period extended, rewriting needed what was approved, but they did point out the final two steps, once the charade is over, and it's rubber stamped again by ESD/with Cuomo's P.R guy, Jack Sterne, providing the, Al Trautwig, positive spin we move forward.

So those are the final two steps, after wordage corrections are made, public comments are ignored, for something ESD already approved once. An oversight board in Cuomo's pocket, specifically created for NYRA which bleeds red ink. Then Public Authorities Control Board, more Cuomo cronies, where like in 2005 the three voters needed to unanimously approve, they don't have someone like Sheldon Silver, D'Amato in Barclay's pocket or a Joe Mondello/Kate Murray puppet to stop it, this one is for Dolan so expect quick/fast approval, same as cash flows from Albany to Msg, with the Joe Percoco's who went from Cuomo's office, to Chase Garden to work for Dolan when 3.2 billion Penn Station scheme was approved, before Percoco's scandals surfaced, and went to jail.

But again when we get past all spin/non-sense, and people celebrate, the beginning of the end of the New York Islanders, contractors need cash up front for construction equipment, to hire people to work. You can't put off paying workers for 30-60 years, money has to be spent as Oakview found out fast in Seattle, as the cost went up 330 million/counting. Wilpon/Sterling/Dolan/Leiweke-Oakview/Azoff/Malkin-Ledecky have to spend money, unless taxpayers are funding that too right now.

That's what is next/last. You don't get a ground-breaking without all those things, and MTA/LIRR funding their construction so everyone can take that 1/2 mile-mile hike, and 20-30 mil for road upgrades/shuttles are funded.

And there is this for people who want a 100 foot high arena at the bottom of a flood prone area.

Page 543, had a response that Andrew Cuomo wants Belmont to Ranger fan, that's it for 598 pages.