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Islanders Need a New Owner

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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The only thing toxic is Damian Cox!

Posted by timbits on 08/02/11 at 11:00 PM ET

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Damien Cox…Yet another moronic writer!

Posted by Eric on 08/03/11 at 12:39 AM ET

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Posted by timbits on 08/02/11 at 09:00 PM ET

Yeah, because Wang is good for the Isles and the NHL..

Posted by Garth on 08/03/11 at 12:51 AM ET

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Where’s Jon Spano when you need him?

Posted by Django on 08/03/11 at 01:06 AM ET

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How did this idiot get credentials?  A friend of mine told me that he owes back payments in ailimony, and has had a terrible alcohol problem for years now.

Posted by RogerNYLA on 08/03/11 at 03:32 AM ET

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Note: For anyone who missed it, our own Joe Tasca has posted a response to Cox’s article here at KK.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 08/03/11 at 03:36 AM ET

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Toronto Star needs a new columnist.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/03/11 at 01:09 PM ET

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