Trotz 3/21 Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2019 01:15:00 PM | Comment Here

NY Signs Grant Hutton For 19-20/Bridgeport ATO

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/21/2019 10:22:00 AM |

Bridgeport ATO signing for remainder of this season, not playoff eligible for Sound Tigers.

Nothing's Changed For NY/On All Fronts..Quips/Comebacks

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/19/2019 12:30:00 AM | Comment Here
The calendar continues clicking down the days, a lot of hockey to be played, nothing's changed. Keep winning & soon we can write something else on that front. Seeding will take to final days or even final game. Take things down to 2/3 game segments now. 1st in the division to 9th overall/playoff miss is not out of question. Someone's going to come close to winning out.
Trotz is going to do what he does with his lineup/injured/sick players, he knows best. I'm downplaying individual accomplishments for now, despite both goaltenders numbers/team defense.
Quips/Comebacks: It's funny to have twitter conversations with people who live in denial or sold themselves this Belmont lemon as all or nothing. I do get they want ANY resolution/arena at this point, even one that's doomed to fail, in a horrible location with no people, and of course many of them are young/clueless when another NHL teams newspaper with a huge vested interest are selling you something in a their newspaper like they did in 2011-2013.
Many people don't want facts, information is not their friend, they live in their bubble & that's the way it's going to stay. If you can't convince them the world is not flat in 2019, it's just not going to happen.
And of course it's priceless reading those people defend the awful Nassau attendance, or think announcing 11,000 people, who won't purchase $12 seats is some kind of viable alternative to support an 80 million dollar payroll & 120 million to operate a franchise in NY. It's that kind of denial that created these problems since 1989 & it's the same story/excuses since Arbour-Torrey were still working here. Wait until next fall & they actually have to go in October to Nassau.
Quip: Belmont is going to be great, wonderful, incredible.
Comeback: You don't know anything about it, who's paying, why there is no rail access until 2033, hundreds of millions to renovate LIRR or provide trains not available on overloaded tracks now, next to CIP (Cross Island Parkway) with the worst road access in NY beyond Jackie Robinson/Interboro. And this LI arena is partially on NYC border. So where's Wilpon's money? How come we have no answers/details to virtually anything within months of a so called ground breaking for an arena that will be operated by Dolan's Oakview/& his guy, Irving Azoff, who will have 110 acts or that this Belmont scheme (using NYI name to get a shovel in ground) is a competing arena to hurt Coliseum/Barclay's simply because Dolan lost bid in 2013 to Ratner for the Coliseum.
Quip: Cue gifs, it's going to be great.
Quip: We are a Long Island team.
Comeback: So why did Barclay's tie/outdraw LI fans the first two years not playing Saturdays? Where are those sellouts we were told about in Newsday that there are no tickets available in lower bowl almost a year ago, & few in the upper? Truth is there are thousands of empty seats, empty rows at top of building, $12 prices to see a first place team? For three years you lied to owners about how all the seats would be filled if they came home. There are only 13.9k now (down from 16.1k) & they were only really filled once to cyber-bully Tavares. Ticketmaster has thousands of available seats, other sites with seats under ten bucks.
Quip: Do you know how abused we have been for 20-30 years, what Milbury/Snow did to us?
Comeback: You stayed home for 30 years, even for Arbour-Torrey, voted down every arena plan, refused a penny of taxpayer support while you waved pom poms of all local teams who were handed taxpayer arena's? The same people stayed home and finished last even in playoff years. The only year they managed 21 sellouts was one Wang via Milbury spent money, and team improved. No one seemed damaged during sellouts at end of 2002, until Wang raised prices to the league avg. I get you love acting like problems began in 1995-96, but this team finished last with Torrey & Arbour, even in 92-93, when they went to semi-finals.
Quip: More gifs, we are LI only comments as they go back to discussing NJ football teams they love on LI or the city-based baseball teams.
Quip: Barclays is awful they should have fully renovated Coliseum.
Comeback: 2013 was not that long ago. All submitted bids were for the same renovation/downsized building & one was to demolish the Coliseum & put up a 5,000 seat building. Dolan's bid was for his AHL team to play there as anchor tenant with home Ranger preseason games, no one was dumb enough to fully renovated the Coliseum for Nassau to be their tenant. Dolan wanted more taxpayer money than Ratner. Nassau wanted someone to pay for their renovation. Dolan's Newsday people like Randi Marshall, Brodsky, Baumbach scared you with $58, then you voted no in 2011, and then he bid in 2013 to get the Coliseum & the entire hub for himself. This is all documented county information, including why he lost/Ratner won.
Quip: More gifs. Nassau is where we belong, Barclay's is not suited for an NHL team, it's terrible/awful.
Comeback: Nassau/Belmont equals bankruptcy, enough lies/excuses. We need a NYC home, grab an unobstructed seat, sit on the floor if necessary & give it a rest. We need a home where millions of people live, not in the middle of nowhere. 30 NHL teams agree with me/no one moves to a suburb you can't get to. Cue my images of empty seats in Nassau/reports of 4/5 playoff teams last in Nassau.
Quip: You are obsessed with Dolan and have an agenda.
Comeback: 130 other sports teams don't own their rivals television, newspaper coverage, and bid for the former home. I'm obsessed with team being here in a decade or less. NY is the right place to survive with the best rail/road access & the most people/corporate money to afford the payrolls necessary all of you cry for on 7/1. Not my fault Dolan owns Newsday/Msg/News12 bid to get Coliseum for himself, & has a biased paper that bleeds money to sell his narrative to gullible people while his television hid the games since 1998. When his paper ignores the billions going from Cuomo to Msg, and Newsday makes issue of Coliseum getting six million once, everyone should question that lack of objectivity. Dolan lost on LI at home, billionaires don't like losing & have giant ego's & his personal conduct speaks for itself, and he's fighting a competing arena to his in LA. He wants NHL map set back to 1971 & to put that cable money back in the bank he owes NYI.
Quip: What cable money/More gifs.
Comeback: Let grown-ups talk.
Quip: Baumbach is my voice for arena news.
Comeback: You mean the guy pretending to be a business expert, who's claim to fame was making a fool of himself & actually wrote Arbour's 740th win did not count in his book when he was pretending to be a sportswriter in 2007, who lasted about two weeks & another outlet in 2010, and then crawled back to Dolan? Even I had information here on Barclay's lease ten days before Baumbach in August 2016 because I asked Bloomberg writer about Prokhorov refinancing debt on Barclay's so he gave me the link.
Comeback: You got what you paid for & still won't support a first place team in March. Stop blaming owners, look in mirror. Newsday people & News12, people need their paychecks, and write what owner wants or someone else will be hired. Does not mean you should be buying what they are selling without real details.
Quip: Owners know what they are doing, why would they agree to these plans?
Comeback: Are you for real? Owners purchase teams without knowing a thing, rich people do that all the time, Wang, Milstein, Barroway, trophy purchases. 480 million for 80 percent of a team & 70 million a year on payroll is a ton of money to go build retain in the middle of nowhere with 24/7 rail that is at best decades away. Malkin's guy, Brian Garrison, compared Belmont Garden's to Rodeo Drive in LA, that's absurd.
Quip: More gifs.
Comment: Too bad they never put all that time drawing gifs into reading, they might have learned something.

NY Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/13/2019 06:50:00 AM | Comment Here

Not much to write, the drumbeat continues. The NY Islanders are not a western conference team that can have a bad week, or a long losing stream with a big cushion. A bad week means a wildcard, a bad ten days means 9th seed.
The team seems over the flu bug that went around since they went to Edmonton, but what Flyers did was no fluke, and teams are going to use that template to beat them. You got Trotz version they kept Columbus to outside/angles, vs Columbus side they dominated with a 66/30 shots attempted advantage, and held NY to 20 for game. The NYI numbers game is allowing 15-25 shots against & being hard to play against.
One two day break the rest of the season after Wednesday, they will mostly be on the road. Pick a player out of position between Beauvillier, Ladd, Komarov. Someone will play out of position with Boychuk out who's rarely played that side. Pulock played 25 minutes vs Columbus.
My impression is the top players are due to score some goals & will gain the confidence needed once that happens, they worked hard to get here, we'll see how it plays out. If they are not good enough & qualify, it will likely be over very fast.
I'm still guided by Trotz comments months ago his team is likely 1-2 years away from being a yearly contending team, and would likely not win in the playoffs.
All tributes to Mr Torrey will remain through the rest of this season, many have been added to the historical site.

Trotz 3/10 Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/10/2019 03:03:00 PM | Comment Here

No hiding from what they need to do. You can make the case Flyers 16-4, just picked up where they left off a week ago, but ultimately NY must play the game that got them to this point or it's not going to be a playoff team.

Welcome Home Bill Torrey

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2019 08:21:00 PM |

Love it. Did mention it with some images of a Torrey rink, next to Al Arbour, and drew up some photos after last May for the appropriate time. Without Bill Torrey, no one's here, it's that simple. Thought about him often since last May.

Playing Playoff Numbers For New York...

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2019 06:15:00 AM | Comment Here

We can debate what games they will lose/win & some wins/losses will be reversed. It's going to take this team getting their numbers game back with low shots against to stay where they are/make a run at first. 37 shots allowed/73 attempts by Ottawa (granted off coaching change/win) even with injuries/illness & Lehner hurt are not good signs.
What Flyers did here was no fluke last time, they went about 16-3 to get to this point. Scott Gordon will have them ready & they did everything short of coming back down 5-0 to Washington before losing 5-3.
For now Bill Torrey is finally honored, asked for 1980 home whites.

NY Notables/No Drama/Play Games/Then We'll Know

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/27/2019 09:40:00 AM | Comment Here
It's really that simple in the end, to make more or less of it does not make much sense. The management has spoken, now we see if they can continue to play the hockey that put them in this position to qualify for a playoff spot.
The rest is just a lot of noise (even from opposing fans at Nassau/nothing new) in terms of on the ice. Off ice is something different, but will try & keep things separate.

Updated/No Changes.....NY Trade Deadline

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/25/2019 04:52:00 AM | Comment Here
Not much to write, all indications are Lamoriello & Trotz feel they have enough/or don't want to break the chemistry. Someone has to sit for whoever comes here, and you could make the fair point #14 does not belong in top six, but Ladd is going to return, Dal Colle is a call away, & Ho-Sang's done enough to come up to right side. We'll see but it's another day that LI crew want NYC decisions/spending.
Smith was added to prospect site with his 2-way deal.

Islanders give Webster Bank Arena to Oakview

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/21/2019 05:55:00 PM | Comment Here

The standing agreement through 2021 is the arena operator (now Oakview) is required to supply an AHL team or better, it no longer has to be the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Oakview can bring in Dolan's Wolfpack or any AHL team they want. As for the rest of this the Islanders can sign any long-term agreement they want with Oakview, but unless they make a new agreement with Bridgeport in 2021, it does not matter.

New York Notables.....

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/18/2019 03:41:00 AM | Comment Here
Let's begin here. I don't know.
What will Lamoriello do at the deadline? Will they win division? Even make playoffs? 7/8 points, between first-ninth, with Carolina/Pittsburgh & Philadelphia almost unbeatable. All I can write is what's been repeated often here. It's too early, too much hockey left to play.
Wish NYI had thirteen point edge they would have in 16 team playoff/west seed. They don't. Tampa is the only team that does.
One bad week, changes a lot, two bad weeks puts them outside. All the winning is helping them hold their spot, it's not doing anything to change the discussion in the other direction which we all want.
The schedule coming up gives them almost no two-day break after this.
I'm not of the mindset to make any changes because the chemistry here is special. They have an excellent defense that's only getting better/some players just starting, & prospects that under this coach/management will produce some star talent.
If they get injuries, think talent is here/Bridgeport, to make up for it. Ho-Sang when he's on can step in & help after his big weekend, guess Dal Colle will go back for Ladd/or not, he should not sit much longer.
Beyond that, play the games. Calgary x2, Toronto 2/28, & Washington on 3/1, will be very tough opposition, and no such thing as an easy night in this league vs anyone.
Boring but honest. Keep working.

New York Playoff Update/Quick Comment

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/15/2019 06:41:00 PM | Comment Here


Not on board with this, but not my decision. For whatever my thoughts about Nassau County, and it's failings for decades due to apathetic fans, you don't take a team out of a building for almost 70 days, then expect them to just pick things up, and call it home ice advantage. Same reason if team was playing all it's game at Barclay's, you don't move them back to Nassau, and stop your own momentum.

Ok, now we know, if they qualify, the NHL spoke loud & clear. Nassau is not suitable. They never should have set such a schedule to vacate Barclay's for this duration. Laura Curran, should have knocked off her cyber-bully act with Bettman & paid up the difference, who no doubt is very unhappy with Nassau having tickets available on gamedays & Cuomo should have had his check book out like he does for Dolan if he wanted playoffs in Nassau to pay the difference in revenue.

Just makes me think more & more Belmont is only about what Azoff/Dolan want for the 110 days Oakview will have it's acts & NYI will be the 41-day hidden tenant once we are done being used as pawns to get a shovel in the ground.

Quick Comment: If Marc Berner at the Horse Racing Journal wants to do his act on me, could care less. But there are these things called facts/research. All Coliseum bids were for a massively downsized renovation, including Dolan's, who's bid was for his AHL team playing there for good. As for his concrete in the toilet stories, produce some images or stick to the horses.


And there is that inconvenient thing called the lease which says 10 luxury boxes or combined suites & specific language who pays for plumbing during the entire lease duration.

Lamoriello's History/Looking Ahead Pt II

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/13/2019 06:46:00 PM | Comment Here

Not much to write since last update, beyond Flyers/Panthers not much changed, NY playing numbers, even doing above expectations but east owns west. Still driven by Trotz comments earlier team was year or two away from being top of conference team yearly & likely would not win in playoffs. Sorry, don't expect chemistry changes unless things dramatically change, this group gave up their offense & bought in, an outsider facing UFA likely will not. The magic number is 43 to qualify vs Carolina, still too much hockey to play, and you leave that defense alone for a good three years.
How Lamoriello worked with Leafs in a playoff run. Don't expect much.

Looking Ahead For NY

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/31/2019 06:35:00 AM | Comment Here

Trades/big moves? Many more quality UFA than in past years, franchise set on defense with prospects coming & players signed to 3-4 year deals. Not much playoff depth in Bridgeport that can step into top six and produce. Lamoriello will do what Snow did, wait on his UFA & take his chances with 7/1, and the same will happen with the other playoff teams with UFA. Ladd/Hickey & his other NHL depth, with so many games ahead they may need everyone to take some games off.

If they qualify home rink? As much as they need to be in NYC, they set this schedule, and took Barclay's out of the mix, and made it a lame duck since 2017. Can't have a team go from 2/16 into April & change rinks again, but for now it does seem a league decision & a bad one because this fan base needs months to buy tickets. Anyone thinking 14-16k people are going to purchase tickets last minute on no notice don't understand how this tiny fan base works, some of them will never go to Barclay's, and Dolan's media has AP in on the act selling failed Nassau & their Belmont Arena scheme with Azoff, despite past games in NYC outperforming announced Nassau attendance on the same days.

1/21/19 Lamoriello Spot On...Nothing's Been Accomplished

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2019 08:42:00 PM |

I don't care what some shock jock who knows nothing about being part of any team, but their own, and is so insecure, has to write his name in big print before his article to market himself. You kind of laugh at that but it is notable Lamorielo ignored NY Post (who ignored covering a first place team Sunday) & the Dolan's newspaper, and called Toronto. Tons more competition among few media ego's left, fighting for few jobs left, than on the ice.

The Calm Continues vs Ducks.

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2019 06:06:00 PM | Comment Here
Every team in a playoff spot got a big fat regulation loss since Sat, Washington lost in Chicago Sunday. Ducks had two wins after losing 12 straight, and were in a playoff spot. They beat NYI earlier this year.

New York 2, Washington 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2019 10:38:00 PM | Comment Here
Enjoy the win, we all know where it places them on 1/18/19. Tough work just getting started. You know how the math works, get to ten over, then push to fifteen, then twenty, that's how you get in the playoffs, and work toward where you want to be seeded. For now, it's game 47.

Barry Trotz Media Conferences-Must Watch

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2019 06:28:00 PM | Comment Here

Lamoriello In Charge...

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/14/2019 06:05:00 AM |
They did allow 22 shots in 2nd, but 5-1 against top team in NHL, that was 18-1-1 coming here, very nice win.

Barry Trotz State of New York Islanders

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/09/2019 11:11:00 PM | Comment Here
The part about being ready in a year or two was a little sobering considering where they are in the standings.

Numbers Approaching Game 41 Looks Great..

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/07/2019 09:03:00 AM | Comment Here

Put me in the school of not being an analytics or metrics person, just more junk so more people can write anything to pad blogs or articles. Watched Blues pregame during day with Darren Pang & someone, they were ruffling through canned notes, reading off them slapping together notes on NYI. But these numbers below are noteworthy.

Some Q/A for my readers/twitter followers..

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2019 03:30:00 AM | Comment Here
Been a long time since one of these....but overdue.

1. My view of the team this summer before/after July 1st was they would be a contending team, that's what we have. Major concerns on Tavares skating, defense, 5/5 play, difference-maker in big moments were a big reason for me to want to move on. Only pause for me was Trotz being hired, could he make him skate/defend better? Oh well.....

Wrote team needed a coach who could teach, improve individual players, and play a system/strategy, that's exactly what we got, with a staff beyond Scott Gomez who knows how to win at this level.

Wanted Trotz more than Tavares, we got what was missing since Arbour behind the bench, our players will progress more than ever (Cizikas) or not be the right players, we'll see who earns the jobs, they have options.

Never saw smiling or laughing like in Toronto behind our bench---as in never/ever, it was surreal. Did you ever see Nelson smile like that after Toews scored? I think this group is having fun.

1a. Will winning continue, make playoffs, cup run? Don't know, most of teams are evenly matched, and we are barely at 1/2 way point, and short of Ottawa don't see any team well outside.  Could go either way but template is there to win games, with total 180 in shots allowed, so they play numbers & layer defense. Difference between winning/losing so marginal now. Likely going to take 17 over/95-97 points for a spot so hard work has barely begun.

1b. Lamoriello? Love it, even with Snow's prospects. (senior advisor Garth)  Lou will push the right buttons behind the scenes, every day he's around this organization it becomes stronger.

1c. Ledecky/Malkin? No one made them spend 480 million for eighty percent of this franchise, many owners took one look and hit eject button. You can build a lot of Value Retail anywhere for that money & cash it has taken to fund the payroll. No chance payroll stays as high as it is without Barclay's money in downsized Nassau already with non-sellouts when before it was good for a 10-20 million payroll. Those selfies don't produce 70 million payroll out there, not in any NHL suburb.

And for those bean counters at home, most of Tavares 88 million went to Trotz around 20 million, Lamoriello for likely same/more. Paying Snow, Weight, and all old/new staff with Travis Williams. 

1d. BGD/Barclays? They got both Coliseum/Barclay's and likely HUB with Rechler. Yormark has two teams dead last in attendance (granted NYI have been a two year intentional lame duck now) if Brooklyn campaign was all him (via Chicago firm hired) he should pay with his job, if not he should act like he has two NY teams and that goes for NYI owners who have failed since 1972 with their marketing. And why would he want Belmont to hurt both BSE buildings or be this teams landlord another minute much less for a few years?

Yes, I know, BGD is out of running teams business by next season. Travis Williams is here & maybe we'll find out where playoffs happen someday if they qualify?

2. Care about popularity/page views/how many follow me on twitter? No, no, no & never. I see everyone post a blog or article & retweet it five times. Me? Once/sometimes don't even bother.

2a. Why do I ban so many people on twitter? If you can tweet without profanity, without insults, you don't get banned whether we agree or disagree all day long. Sure I ban self-serving phonies or people who are not media or are media who clearly can't stand team or just marketing themselves.

Bottom line those who follow me deserve a respectful digest of messages, and a feed with zero profanity where you can make any hockey point you like. You join my feed you check profanity/insults at the door or move on, even the people I tweet most with are told. Will not play favorites, and I do quietly unblock some to see if things have changed.

Too repetitive, pushing for where I think our team belongs? Absolutely, this is the time for it before any shovels. Sorry, not sorry.
Too many tweets in general sometimes? Yes.
Repeat images/video's. No doubt.

2b.Why don't I follow anyone? Fair question. In late 90's on yahoo joined a mailing list with the pancake crew who acted like they spoke for all the fans, nothing but a bunch of self-serving  promoters so decided to start my own mailing list through 2006, they all turned on one another, years later many surfaced to agree with me.

Seen so many of those kind of men/women through years. Kind of sad they need that attention for themselves & stoop to those levels, more of them are popping up to market themselves now with podcasts, for me it's always been only about NYI.

2c. Shouldn't a blog with this name always support the team? Never occurred to me when thought up the name, have never even wrote name of site on the header since it began, just on twitter & rarely point anyone here unless it's to see a past entry to answer something for them when tired.

2d. Why do I critique media articles? Just something Phil Mushnick did for years at NY Post with people covering games, but adapted it here to hockey articles, now tweets/views from media, or few articles out there, so when there was a daily digest of professional news long before 2006, would read them & comment on work/quality/information or if it was biased or good? At the time long, long ago it was something folks liked, a new concept, but just a small part of things. Which leads me to the next topic.

2e. Staple/Compton/Gross: Staple has a thin skin, years ago posted how many tweets/blogs he did vs Zipay (aka someone who critiques hockey articles) went downhill from there & he blocked me. Worked like he was doing our fans a favor, and clearly not local team he wants to cover, & glass always half empty at best, then wrote without Dolan we better learn to speak french?

I renamed where he works today the jockstrap, their arrogance & entitlement speaks for itself. Staple now is even more lazy & needs his click-bait so his act without Hank Winnicki changed, they need subscribers. My advice? Put them out of business, you deserve better.

No clicks, no subscriptions, no more.

Compton does not like anyone posting when he's wrong (he contradicted himself by about 57 million on the Northwell renovation), pushed Brooklyn campaign and clearly NHL.com says what he can/can't do. When he whined about not being allowed a podcast by NHL (he wrote nothing when SNY dropped his Ranger/Islander podcast the previous year) & called him on it he decided to post my real name (in bits/pieces on twitter a few times) before my full name, then wanted to meet?

I wanted an apology, no dice, between mutual blocks/unblocks just don't want part of anyone while I'm the only adult in the room only criticizing his hockey/coverage (aka exactly as Phil Mushnick does & told him that) or praising his stories about his boy before playoff games. NHL hiring/firing fast, he'll be gone soon, he has twitter meltdowns with other fans, and a temper that's unprofessional. Younger/cheaper can do that. David Satriano was just hired & all the older guys who make more get nervous & they hired Deb Placey, & you can bet money is going to get tighter with the cba becoming a bigger question.

No folks, zero exchanges/blocks with Andrew Gross, long time Ranger fan, who did a great job in NJ for Rangers, & Devils but this is Newsday, less is less. I think only good thing he wrote was when Trotz told him about his day, preparation for game, that was good.

The only quality writer at the Post is well hidden, Greg Joyce, the rest are worthless & Dolan-owned.

I also noticed Lamoriello only speaks to Canadian outlets. Snow tried a few times with Post, but they are a lost cause. 

2c. Fischler bloggers? Can't stand them, they all act like walking billboards. Fischler? Too many decades of him throwing Rangers in our faces/with their yearly cup wins.
2d. Radio interns/kids on Hofstra with King/Picker? Fantastic, just do a great job quietly, never about them, they were trained great. Exactly people our franchise need, hope they become our next generation.
2e. WFAN? Bloggers are all unpaid amateurs who all act like publishers, columnists, or shock jocks.
2f. Be smart. Google failed our fans badly with their concept of news for our team with some cliche sites that are spam. Just avoid it or write google & ask for their removal.

3. Don't want an empty seat in any arena, not rooting for failure in any building, that's how many of our fans got us in this mess since 1989.  But my vision is it's time to expand the NYC fan base & get NYC facility, lets see a good decade without media distractions, and see how it plays out in a city with millions of people, corporate money needed like 30 teams have/want. Nassau failed for 25 years, nothing moved the needle. Belmont on NYC border is in the middle of nowhere with no train access.

The complete hypocrisy from kids/many adults is terrible. They boycott the team away (since Arbour, Torrey, Pickett in 1989) then boycott it back for the last two years, then can't fill 13,900 seats after only four games? Many of them between being fans of other NYC teams or NJ teams pretending to be NY act like it's Long Island or move out of NY entirely only for this hockey team.

It's like the more information I gave Gary Harding from booster club who's been there since 80's, we have a big NYC base of fans, the more for him it was LI or nothing, and they just tune out anything that does not fit their narrative.

Sir, lets see the 4,000 LI base sustain an NHL payroll heading toward 100 million? We were all there when Torrey-Pickett had new building plans by 1991.

4. Have things gotten lazy at this website? Promised would do same as always, some years more, some less. Silly to take pulse of team every few games, sure write about games more on twitter. All three sites are updated/active, even if some tweets moved here sometimes.

5. Plans to stop? Told people years ago would not discuss that, when it stops, it stops. Will not have anything to do with hockey. Not flip, just honest.

6. What happened to media coverage here? Even long ago back to mailing list days in 1998 era of news articles long gone, this team has no real media to provide that any longer. It tougher to find professional media vs blogging sites selling other bloggers & people networking for their resumes, it takes experience to tell the difference which I have but hint-look in small local papers for best hockey stories with quotes. I learned through repetition long before 2004 lockout started the decline.

6a. Bloggers/anyone amateur's worth linking to here? No, not here, that's opinion of amateurs, not journalism, or professional, most former name sites hired unpaid amateurs seeking resume credit. All of those people with their podcasts, merchandise, message boards, bars, bagels, or whatever may like our team, but they want personal attention for themselves more, they are not here for you but I get it, the lack of real media means you'll accept anyone who says or writes anything. Not for me.

Should you care what I think or write? No, but I'm honest & want nothing from no one, don't pretend to be media or anything.

6b. My snark at media or re-posting their tweets contradicting themselves? Most of it is using their own words. Funny how all those years defending Wang, he outlasted the media & fans who hated him 24/7/365 for not spending while they cut coverage and lost millions themselves?  Boy did everyone get amnesia fast when he passed away. For me, it was easy, he did not get any taxpayer money, he spent all he could, and kept trying here & Bridgeport.

7. My grudge or (LOL) obsession with Dolan?  Silly, never wrote about the man before 1998 (and never anything beyond sports) when our telecast was dropped for the current deal, then Metro, as things kept getting smaller and smaller under his/brothers tenure at Newsday/News12 since 2008 & the endless plus2 games forever for worst ratings (including both upcoming Ranger games) with no post-game over 20 minutes. You want praise for the excellent ladies hired? Hint-let them work like everyone else & have post-games in a studio like other teams.

130 other teams don't have another sports owner with a complete monopoly on their rivals newspaper & television coverage.

Our team was given a summer intern & a paywall in 2008, the same newspaper defeat a referendum, then bid for Coliseum themselves in 2013 to make Rangers AHL home, then were so angry they lost to Ratner they hammered Barclay's & Coliseum 24/7  & finally have pushed 24/7 for a NYI move to an arena that would hurt both BSE buildings.

Maybe that obsession is from Dolan, who has every right to set the NHL clock back to 1971 & use his media to put all that cable television money he owes this franchise back in his bank.
 
On top of that the only real money at Oakview (Dolan) sold their share, who is drowning in taxpayer money from Cuomo upstairs and downstairs at Msg between Joe Percoco/Sheldon Silver appeals, while Lhota quit Mta but not board of Msg.  

We'll see how things play out & what's true. Oakview/Azoff/Leiweke do not have the people (on their website)  to fund the arena in Seattle (cost rose 150 million/contractor quit) much less here without Dolan involved somehow unless someone else is giving them a ton of money.

Newsday/News12 sold our fans this Belmont scheme 24/7 (with no details) while they prosecuted the referendum in 2011 to defeat our team getting an arena, they can't be trusted. 

Newsday ran from Azoff-Dolan Oakview split, ignored media reported it was Dolan vs Steinbrenner for Belmont, put up a big smokescreen & sent Baumbach to ask Ledecky questions at some non-event at Northwell to deflect from the split.

A different version of the dance Kim (I worked with Chris Botta) Kerns for 2 years at the Madison Square Company had to pull with Stefan Bondy banned from a Knicks press conference recently with no explanation. No papers or their writers refused to vote for any Knick awards for individual players because of the ban for those wondering for our fans with long memories.


8. Do I want a Belmont arena? No, tell me why they can't stay at Barclay's until a NYC location with rail access can be constructed? No reason why Shea site not shovel ready for May given Sterling is Wilpon and part of this, and nothing's ever been constructed there for a decade, we all know what ground under Shea looks like since it's demolition, and they have rail/road now for free, and all of Willets Point is waiting for Wilpon-Sterling for generations.

There is no neighborhood to be disrupted at Shea site, it's time to be a city team, and get new generations of fans spending money to fund this franchise that never did in Nassau.

9. Do I own when I'm wrong? Always. In fact you have seen many entries here where the head-line is got it wrong with an apology, even when Bossy said Weight was being fired & was within three days.

Ok, all I got, thank you.