Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 08/02/11 at 10:32 PM ET
From Damien Cox at the Toronto Star:
It’s hard for an owner to become this toxic in a community, but Wang seems to have accomplished that. Fans won’t come to his team’s games — the average attendance of 11,059 was worst in the NHL last season — and the manner in which he has operated the club — signing Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract, hiring a university to do radio broadcasts of the team’s games, selecting the team’s backup goalie to be the new general manager — has alienated many hardcore supporters.
That, in a bankrupt county in which a $58 per head tax increase to fund this arena project was viewed very negatively, produced the public sentiment that led to Monday’s vote.
It’s not so easy for Wang to step aside, of course, and finding a buyer for the Isles would be a challenge.
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