New York Islander Fan Central | 2/19/2018 08:58:00 PM | Comment Here
One word entry.

NYI 41-Day Tenant In Cuomo-Dolan Belmont Ponzi Scheme Arena

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/18/2018 10:32:00 AM | Comment Here
The Dolan's paper did have this in their newspaper the night before, but the conflicts of interest are a mile long.

Bottom line it's Dolan's arena, the one he failed to win vs Ratner in 2013 so this is revenge. At best NYI will be in the same situation they were when the Philadelphia Flyers/Smg operated the Nassau Coliseum, but this time it will be without Nassau County owning building, NYS/Cuomo leased the land for pennies on the dollar.

And this time you can bet there will be plenty of out clauses. 

Dolan's Newspaper has sold this like a marketing campaign for their employer from top to bottom, same as we saw to stop 2011 arena vote, and get Dolan the Coliseum bid in 2013.  

Unlike the past they don't even have to hide it, but the Dolan name and massive conflicts of interest of course is kept out of their newspaper. Lhoda worked at Cablevision Garden for ten years. 

And we are a long, long way from an actual lease. 

NY Times 10/29/13: Lhotas years working for the Dolans.

We will continue to read it's the NYI arena as the marketing ploy, when they are only a 41 day tenant, the cover names like Oakview (with no real money beyond Cuomo/Dolan, via taxpayers)  & NY Arena partners.

So how is this the NYI arena beyond being a 41-day tenant, is this why Ledecky said it's a private matter who owns the arena?

Reality Check For New York

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/16/2018 10:33:00 AM | Comment Here

7-6 OT New York/Barzal's Third/Five Point Game

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/10/2018 12:30:00 AM | Comment Here
Unreal for some good reasons, and more than a few not-so good reasons.

Mr Snow Wasting Our Time Again Lying About Injuries

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/08/2018 09:04:00 AM | Comment Here
Snow gave an interview to Dolan's Newsday as moving trucks are loading up to take their operations to College Point operated by NY Times distribution, the exodus is on as Zipay is done covering Rags. (he claimed not the reason he's leaving)

Bottom line, most of what he said, I had no issue with. But I do not like lies or my time being wasted which I made clear in past about his actions on that stage with Nolan in 2008 where he said they talk daily and work well together, then his rebuilding word non-sense from 11/27/2009.

Snow's team was giving up tons of shots and goals starting opening night long before deHaan, Boychuk, and others were hurt, same as their powerplay gave up two goals in the opener vs Buffalo, it's entirely on Snow & his coach.

There was no Streit-Okposo injury in a scrimmage, they are not leading NHL in man games lost by a mile like 08,09, 11 where the number went from 400/500/620, and even those teams were not facing anything close to this many shots a game.

Long time readers will remember this back on 11/27/09 in Tavares rookie season when Snow talked about the rebuilding word Globe & Mail.

At the time I wrote words matter, and don't waste our time beyond usual rhetoric on lies. 

By 2011 Snow was hammering the rebuilding word, now he's using the injury excuse, it's not acceptable. Owners own.

Sorry But No Positives Here

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/04/2018 08:44:00 AM | Comment Here
I don't like repeating things written in recent entries.

We all want our team to win, but it's clear unless something changes out of nowhere that's not going to happen under this management/ownership.

On the ice, the coaching staff had two days to prepare for a tired team who lost/traveled Friday, and managed to give up 26 first period shots/49 for game.

I'm seeing mistakes/shots against that could rival 1972 Islanders, as words from Weight reflect a man completely over his head in this job.

Islanders opted of lease " Earlier this month"

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/29/2018 02:36:00 PM | Comment Here
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Nothing to add that was not written in previous entry, beyond Dolan's paid media writer, Baumbach, writing NYI have the right to opt out of Nassau every year for the next three years, which he retracted quickly on Sunday.

We have no idea of any actual binding lease signed between NYI & Barclay's to play some games at Coliseum, and that "if all goes well" does not reflect any physical agreement giving the team any long-term security if Dolan backs out of his Cuomo-Belmont arena.

You don't get a second chance to be a NYC team, with NYC base, and revenue streams vs moving back to a proven failed location with no revenue, and horrible fan support.

Malkin & Ledecky Can't Be Trusted

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/27/2018 09:25:00 AM | Comment Here
In the end you get smart people, you get smart decisions, if you get people who don't have a clue you get what we are seeing.

Scott Malkin & John Ledecky clearly don't have a clue. 

A majority owner who has not been seen since his 2014 introductory press conference, a minority owner who wants to be Dolan's tenant, who can't stop cramming his Ranger childhood down on our throats? A 70 million dollar payroll but they keep Garth Snow as gm like he cannot afford to get rid of him.

Does that make sense to you? 

Ledecky's statement they can make more revenue in Belmont as Dolan's tenant vs Barclay's? The Wilpon's paying for a building when they cannot even afford their own team when Cuomo could have made the same deal in Queens without Dolan or Wilpon?

Two men who want a state of the art facility, but only 16,500 for hockey, the only two people who want to play (and move back) to a suburb that's been a proven failure that only lost money. 30 other teams want a city or wish to move to one to stay in business.

The list only keeps growing, it's like Tony Hrkac coming back for alumni night.

And now the magic 1/30 date I have been pointing at since August 2016 has arrived and Dolan's boy Cuomo again is in his hip pocket to get our team out of NYC, and pressure the NHL to force them into something they have never done in their modern history.

Two home arena's. One in a 13,000 seat building that was rarely filled with no luxury boxes, that could not outdraw Barclay's 16 times, and tied six other Coliseum years since 1989 is not a workable solution, it's just a big distraction that will upset an NHL teams home routine vs Barclay's where the team has dominated.

How could Tavares or any player serious about winning sign up for this if you want to give a player who's rarely the best player on the ice, who's speed/defense is terrible money where he will not have top talent around him? 

Nassau fans are the worst,  they refuse to pay for expensive tickets or even break 10,000 at rock bottom prices much less the ones necessary to support a modern payroll, it won't work in Nassau at any location, they need to pay double current prices in a 13,000 seat arena that will have no corporate money. They needed to December to support only a winning team on weekends while Barclay's with all the forced media negativity had 2 recent crowds over 15,000.

A state of the art Dolan Belmont facility designed to put Barclay's/Coliseum out of business which will take revenue from both and cost Prokhorov money when he sells his interest in either? What are they thinking at BSE when the 36 million after expenses is a drop in the bucket through 2040 by comparison compared to the money this will cost Prokhorov when he's told no one wants to fight with a competing arena. 

The NHL approving 2 home facilities for one NHL franchise for any duration (beyond Ledecky's Caps moving in season before he sold his stake fast) is unheard of, and not permitted per the territorial rights agreement,  much less for several years. If the NHL BOG does not want it or become one of the teams forced to play in Nassau they will not be happy having to travel there vs being in NYC.

If BOG says no, what's next plan 1/30 is here, opt out notices must be delivered.

The rules are simple, one home arena per team, per territory.

Sorry but to trust Malkin, Ledecky, or their decisions is contrary to their actions, who becomes majority owner of a team, spends 480 million to hide in Europe. Malkin has many on-line video's in front of crowds talking.

I wonder if Tavares to the Rangers is part of this Belmont scheme or they gave up part of their cable contract money to 2031 as their end of this ala Milstein long ago in a Palffy deal?  Obviously a deal was cut with the NHL for these owners to forfeit their territorial rights to the outdoor game in Queens, or Dolan forced them to forfeit all territorial rights in Brooklyn and Queens as one part of them becoming our landlord at Belmont.

Dolan owns Newsday, his  media will sell the false narratives they want starting with slapping NYI name on their arena to get it pushed through with the public, when their paper already wrote Dolan will operate it making NYI only a 41 day tenant, again in the middle of nowhere.

Meanwhile Ledecky already said who owns the Belmont arena is a private matter, he can't say it's Dolan's via Cuomo.

And we all know it makes no sense for Barclay's to renovate a building again for a temporary move, NYC fans deserve all the weekend games, let Nassau crowd prove it's worth on Monday's with double current prices, they always have a story to not attend games.

Ledecky's going to face his reality check very fast in Nassau after that first announced sellout when those same people stay home for most of the other games, he'll likely be gone fast with Malkin.

What I do know is when 8,000 start showing again in Nassau, and Dolan's renovated Seattle arena is ready, the NHL is likely going to put a stop to this because this lease drama will not be ending any time soon.  Ledecky can play the poor fan/stockholders support card as his out.

Cuomo was getting Belmont done for Dolan even if the Wolfpack were the anchor tenant as revenge for 2013, even if NYI stayed at Barclay's. 

Doug Weight Shots Allowed Reflect No System/Plan

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/22/2018 07:04:00 AM | Comment Here
I have seen NYI teams at the bottom of the league play defense with low scoring games with Jamie Rivers, Heward & a bunch of players who had no business in the NHL, and still had low shot against games/wins.

Bridgeport with all it's injuries/call-ups & changes, played their 23rd game with two goals or less allowed on Sunday. 1-0 shootout win.

NYI have played ten games all season allowing two goals or less.

We can talk about lack of days off, practices which is fair (because other teams got rest) but this team is where it is based on the entire season, when it's defense was healthy. It's dead last in goals allowed.

Yes, I do think it's a coaching issue, which began with a 5-1 opening night loss, followed by a win against Buffalo where the powerplay allowed two goals.

Weight's words (blunt at times) mean nothing, his message does not translate to his players or whatever system (if he has one) is not understood by his players. This is a man behind that bench since 2011, our assistant gm.

They can't win the 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 games they must play to go on the kind of streak necessary to make the playoffs. The shots against are the worst I have ever seen.

Scott Gomez is working here in the NHL based on how he spoke to players about power-plays after a brief announcing gig.

Halak is giving them some excellent goaltending, we have been lucky he did not get hurt with this work-load.

Other organizations have cleaned house in season & replaced the coaching staff, a lot of good hockey people like Weight, simply are not qualified to be head coaches. It takes that long experience, strategy, x/o this team simply does not have. Capuano had long experience, strategy, the man taught coaching, it's not about the sound bytes to fans on a network or newspaper with awful coverage.

Sometimes stats do lie, this time they don't. NYI cannot play the low scoring/shot against games teams all over this league do.

Owners own? Time to replace the gm, and the coach. Let Thompson come up as interim, he has plenty of coaching experience & his teams plays defense.

Pulock Sets NY Rookie Record.....Five Points

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/21/2018 07:33:00 AM |
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 It does not change what must be changed in front office, and on the ice, but there are some great things happening in these games between Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier, Lee & others.

Another Five Point Game From Barzal, 2 For #72. Dal Colle Debut

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/13/2018 10:05:00 PM |

New York Season At Breaking Point: Snow & Weight Should Go

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/07/2018 09:27:00 PM | Comment Here
It's nice they came back, and won a skills competition against the struggling Devils, but we have to be honest here after half a season with an ownership that can't wait to be the Dolan's tenant back in front of 8,000 fans in a few years unless Barclay's does not opt out of it's lease by 1/30/18.

But that's for another day or tomorrow if no opt out has been given or leaked yet.

It's time for a new gm, and an experienced head coach to teach a system to these players, even if it means John Tavares/Josh Bailey leave. 

Scott Mayfield 5 Year Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2018 02:35:00 PM | Comment Here

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Mixed feelings on this.

Value is fine, but Leddy, Boychuk, Pelech, & are signed long term already, and Pulock has years before UFA. Mayfield was put on NHL waivers by NYI & cleared so they were set to let another team claim him. Plus there is Toews/Aho on ELC, and they need some veterans on that defense to do what Seidenberg did last season when used properly.