Islanders Top Shelf : 5/18/14

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Another day, another rumor. Wait, that’s not how the line is supposed to go….Yesterday, Islanders country was rocked with what another set of ‘source’ detail revealed about the ongoing sale talks of the New York hockey team from Charles Wang to Andrew Barroway.

B.D Gallof, via Twitter, made the revelation about noon EST when he claimed his sources have told him that Barroway has promised the potential investors he has lined up the team will remain at or close to the cap floor, at least initially, to maximize return on their investment.

Now, that is what we here at Islanders Insight have been softly saying since these talks first became public. Whether there is any truth or not to what Gallof’s source is saying, be leery of what to expect with a new ownership group coming in. Social media has been a blaze of savior tweets and hope that the team will finally compete on a pay scale with many others around the league and be ready to take the next step.

But you always would rather have one owner than a larger contingent of members that comprise a board of directors. There is no haggling, no second opinions and no loud opposition to the plan going forward for the hockey team.

My only hope is that whomever the Islanders end up getting sold to, which I believe to be a foregone conclusion at some point in the future, really cares for the game of hockey. Because it has been proven in the past that is the formula for success. Caring about the game lends itself to caring more about the franchise performance on the ice rather than on a spreadsheet.


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Talk about getting off on the right foot and excising some demons right away.  Montreal has been a house of horrors in recent memory for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist. But not yesterday, as the Habs clearly forgot it was a 1pm EST faceoff and never bothered coming out for game one of the Eastern Conference finals. Seven different goal scorers, including Rick Nash with his first of the post-season, gave New York the early lead in the battle to represent the conference in the Stanley Cup finals.

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