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'Fixing' the Isles a difficult task

07/17/2016 at 3:02am EDT

From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:

It has been decades since the Islanders had an owner who wasn’t in it to make a real estate killing or to advance a hidden agenda, or both. But now, with the transition of power from Charles Wang to Jon Ledecky (and Scott Malkin) complete, the business of the Islanders is in trusted hands and the agenda is transparent.

Which is to restore the power and glory of the franchise that once spawned the greatest team in the history of the sport.

Make no mistake. This still is going to be tricky business for an operation that, by choice, straddles Long Island and Brooklyn — and in doing so has lost much of its historical identity while yet to create a new one. Let’s face it: It is not as if the Islanders simply moved from one side of 161st Street in The Bronx to the other (even if that divide always has seemed miles wide).

But Ledecky, who hosted a meet-and-greet luncheon for the media at a tony spot in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, is not so much straddling a line as erasing one. He is not pandering to Long Island by suggesting a return is in the offing, is not offering false hope that even a smattering of games will be played at a remodeled Nassau Coliseum. Is not holding his nose when he talks about Brooklyn.

“Barclays is our home,” the principal owner said without equivocation and without holding his nose.


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