Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/25/12 at 01:53 PM ET
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Here is how Charles Wang, the Islanders organization, Gary Bettman and the chronically battered fan base of what has become the NHL’s Shipwreck Franchise know the club’s move to Brooklyn three years hence is a win-win for all interested parties:
Not even I can conjure a negative response to it.
There are issues for the franchise to confront over the next three years that include: 1) building and nurturing a fan base comfortable with using mass transit to get to the games; 2) constructing a practice rink somewhere around the new neighborhood; and 3) addressing whatever issues there might be with the sight lines from the stands of Barclays Arena.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, can a move closer to Madison Square Garden become a metaphor for pulling this tired, haggard Islanders franchise back into the same stratosphere as the big-spending Rangers?
Well, the only answer we can come with off the tops of our head is, surely it can't hurt.
"Charles Wang is the real hero today," declared Barclay's Center owner Bruce Ratner of his newest tenant. "He has kept this team in New York State."
OK, so perhaps that's a place to start. With the truth:
Let's make one thing clear: Charles Wang is no hero. He is, in fact, likely the cheapest, most misguided owner this league has seen in some time.
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