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One Good Business Move

All of our recent NHL news is business news.  The owners decided a few years ago that they would lock out players in 2012 in order to try to force them to reduce a lesser share of revenues.  This has taken away NHL hockey for the first part of the 2012/13 season.  Who knows when games will return.

Lost in this poisoned atmosphere we have one positive piece of business news at least if we are interested in seeing the New York Islanders do well.  The New York islanders will be leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.  This Long Island location just outside New York City has been their home since they entered the NHL in 1972.  It is probably the most outdated stadium in the NHL today.  They will be moving to Brooklyn to play in the new Barclays Center.  This is where the New Jersey Nets have moved to and become the Brooklyn Nets.  The New Jersey Nets were once the New York Nets playing in the Nassau Coliseum until they left for New jersey in 1977.  They will share a venue with the islanders again in the future.

Being in Brooklyn will make Islander games easier to get to for more people and being in a better stadium will help them to increase their revenues.  This is good news for the NHL.  Even the incredible mismanagement the New York Islanders have had under Charles Wang does not prevent them from improving their financial position significantly.

This is why the NHL lockout is unnecessary.  The NHL is capable of making intelligent business moves that will significantly increase the overall revenues of the league - for example moving a team from Phoenix should be a no brainer - even in the current situation where they get record revenues annually.  This increased revenue helps everyone - owners and players.  The problem is the owners are not satisfied with merely making the pie bigger as they are doing on a regular basis, they also demand a bigger overall share of the pie and that is nothing but pure greed.  This greed is holding NHL hockey hostage.

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I think over the past 6 years, Garth Snow has proven he isn’t a disaster of a GM that many had thought he would be. He is certainly no Mike Milbury, has held onto draft picks and not overspent on retaining the core players (the DiPi deal was Wangs). Now that Wang is no longer dealing with Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead, we can see what his vision for the Islanders really is.

He made so many attempts to finance his own arena (while developing the surrounding parking lot of course), attempts at having the local government finance the arena that all of his options to make a profit on Long Islander were exhausted. With the Islanders move to Brooklyn and a stable of young players on the rise, maybe Wang will be able to draw a free agent or two at a more reasonable rate. With the way things were going on Long Island it looked like Wang was offering Confederate money to free agents.

Islander fans in Nassau and Suffolk may be disappointed, but many of those same people commute daily into the 5 boroughs. Mid-week games, which were drawing disastrously low numbers, will pick up since those same people can attend games and avoid the parking lot rush hour back to the Island or simply use LIRR into the Barclay on weekends. I think the Islanders would be wise to schedule Saturday games with earlier start times on weekends to help retain the current fanbase.  Ranger fans will just have to live with the fact that they are on the short Island and the Islanders remain on Long Island.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/25/12 at 09:44 AM ET

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I think over the past 6 years, Garth Snow has proven he isn’t a disaster of a GM that many had thought he would be.

That shows just how low the expectations on Snow were.  In his 6 years, the Islanders have had the 29th best record (2nd worst) in the NHL.  Edmonton was worst with 442 points, the Islanders managed 463 points.  Columbus was next worst with 470 points.  And that is less of a disaster than many thought he would be.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 10/25/12 at 03:01 PM ET

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Okay, by that logic Craig Patrick was a failure when the Penguins finished last in the Atlantic Division for four consecutive seasons but drafted Malkin, Fleury, and Crosby.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/26/12 at 09:02 AM ET

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By that logic Craig Patrick was a failure at the end of his run with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Of course in Craig Patrick’s case he has other years where he was quite successful (something Garth Snow does not have).  So I thik Craig Patrick wasa far better GM than Snow has ever shown himself to be.

Realistically anytime a team trades Jaromir Jagr in the prime of his career for Ross Lupaschuk, Kris Beech and Michal Sivek screwed up badly - there were non-hockey reasons behind the trade - but it was an awful trade for the Penguins by any method of evaluating it.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 10/26/12 at 02:12 PM ET

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