In one of the greatest Farces of the Wang ownership of the New York Islanders, they have agreed to play a game next pre-season in KC against the LA Kings. Supposedly KC is one of the cities that is working hard to get an NHL team to move there. Lets not forget that there was a time that Nashville was campaigning hard to get a team to move there, and how did that work out? Or for that matter Phoenix, Atlanta or Florida? There are a bunch of teams in poor Hockey markets that are struggling, and yet Wang is going to try to force the hand of Uniondale officials by playing a game in KC?
No Team in the modern NHL has moved after winning the Stanley Cup. The last team to win the Cup and to not be in existence today is the Montreal Maroons of 1934. Its been almost 75 years since a team disbanded after winning the Cup. That in itself should say something of the Cup, let alone if you are the ONLY US FRANCHISE to put together a 4 year reign with the Cup. Theres no reason the NHL will let the Islanders move, there is far too much history.
They tend to blame the Colosseium on the failures of the Islanders. No one will look around and ask why we had GOD DAM MIKE MILBURY running this team into the ground for the greater part of the 90s. Why even when Wang decided to actually spend some money they spent it so poorly that the Islanders made it into the playoffs only to be beaten in the first round. Why does no one show up at the Islanders games anymore? Here’s why.
Since the great upset when the Isles beat two time defending champ Penguins, the Islanders have not only not won another playoff series, but in 15 Seasons since then (and including the Semi Finals against the Canadians) the Islanders have only won 7 Playoff games, and 3 of those came in a single playoff series. To make matters even worse, when the Islanders were bad in the late 90s, they were really bad. From the Strike Shortened year until 2001-2002 they managed only one season with 30 wins, one season with 29 wins and the rest weren’t even close to 30. Just as a basis, NHL has an 84 game season. During that time the Islanders actually became the first team to lose to the Atlanta Thrashers, who started their existence 0-21 until beating the Islanders at home.
If KC wants a team its just going to lose in 10-15 years anyway, or wants a JR Royals team so we get to hear how unfair the salary cap is in the NHL let it have an NHL team that hasn’t done anything and doesn’t have any fans. Theres no need or reason for them to try to get a team with a dedicated fan base and a rich History. Really, No one cares about the Atlanta Thrashers. No One cares about the Panthers. No One cares about the Coyotes. Take one of them, but leave the history and the legacy of the Islanders behind.
Let me finish with saying that this had better be a stunt by Wang to try to pressure Uniondale. Given that the AFL has closed for the 2009 season though, theres less keeping him tied to Long Island. Wang is also the owner of the Long Island Dragons in the AFL who play at the Colosseium too. Intrestingly enough the Dragons were formerly the Iowa Barnstormers of Kurt Warner fame.
Its rather sad that this has happened, as in good news today the Islanders have brought back Dubie. An injury to the worthless MacDonald, and appearently DiPietro being shut down for the rest of the year means the Islanders were only down to Yann Dennis, who appearently is as likely to stop a shot as he is to hit the lotto. I hope Dubie goes out and has a great season and proves Garth Snow wrong about him.