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The Right Move

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.

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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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phillyd's avatar

What is Spector’s beef with Wang? That he didn’t take better offers and move them to Canada? Everyone should read the whole article where he misses things like the Lighthouse project that was going to be privately funded that was shot down by the local pols, who know are pointing fingers at each other for the loss of the Islanders, before the vote that went up in 2011 that was also shot down. Thank goodness there are intelligent people commenting on that article because Spector doesn’t have a clue on this one.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 10/25/12 at 03:22 PM ET

Bossy_Rules's avatar

Wow, Mark Spector is really really stupid!

Posted by Bossy_Rules on 10/25/12 at 03:48 PM ET

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Spector is ALWAYS taking shots at the Islanders and is a tool plain and simple. Maybe he was hoping for the team to go to Hamilton or Quebec, maybe hs is just sore that Tavares will never play on any of the home teams in Ontario.

If you want to criticize Wang, talk about trying to have training camp in China when the rinks made the KHL look like heaven.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/25/12 at 05:45 PM ET

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