Here is the official notice from the Islanders Web Site:
It has been a long process, but in two years – there will be an official changing of the guard in Islanders Country.
It may not have been smooth sailing and pleasant skies for the entire tenure of his ownership, but remember, if Charles Wang did not come around when he did, there would not be a team here. We would not have had the opportunity to cheer on JT, Okie, and the other guys. We would have never seen Peter Laviolette come in and take the league by storm. We would have never saw that “One Eyed MouthPiece Chewer” get that great penalty shot goal against the Leafs. We would have never seen the “GOOD” that Rick DiPietro gave us (despite all the other stuff).
There are a lot of good that came out of the tenure. And even as we are saying goodbye to Uniondale and the move west in a year, it was Wang who wanted to leave this team HERE. Politics made that decision for us.
We at ISLES TALK wish Jon and Scott the best of luck in their transition to ownership of the team. We know that you will honor the Isles traditions and wish to get Cup number 5 to the Islander nation.