New York Islanders introduce new majority owners, discuss plans
The New York Islanders current owner Charles Wang, along with general manager Garth Snow, discussed in a press conference today what sort of plans they have involving the new majority owners.
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Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, who purchased the majority share of the Islanders for $485 million earlier this month, will be taking a two-year ‘listening tour’ before assuming responsibility of the team. According to NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk, this will involve discussions for how to move the team forward as they transition to Brooklyn next season, and how to keep fans happy. It will not, apparently, mean that the team has “more money to play around with”.
From what I can gather, this means that they’re going to go around, talk to fans about all the big plans they have once they move into hipster central, and then remind everyone that the team is getting no real financial stimulus out of the deal.
The team will be moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting next season, after close to forty years at the Nassau Coliseum. As someone who enjoyed how close the Coliseum was to my home in Queens, I’m going to miss that place- but, you know, Brooklyn has a much more convenient train line for us five boroughs people. So, ya know. Trade-offs.
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