The New York Islanders introduced new minority owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin during a press conference today at Nassau Coliseum. While the presser lasted less than 30 minutes, fans were given a bit of insight into the sale process and what to expect of the ownership situation going forward into Brooklyn. Malkin and Ledecky are minority owners for the next two seasons and then will take over control of the team from current owner Charles Wang in 2016-17. When asked about why the 2 year minority period, Malkin responded that they wanted there to be a smooth transition so as not to disrupt the team on the ice. Both Ledecky and Malkin each stated that they were there to observe and learn from Wang, and let Wang and General Manager Garth Snow run the team on the ice day-to-day.
“When asked what message he’d give to Isalnders fans, his response was simply this: ‘Fifth ring.'”
Both new owners expressed how much they cared for the tradition of the franchise, but also kept the focus on moving forward into Brooklyn. On a related Brooklyn note, Wang said the team was “looking into” seating changes at the Barclay’s Center for hockey games. Isles fans, take that as you will.
In fact, all of this can be taken with a grain of salt. As we have seen numerous times in sports whenever ownership of teams change, it is always actions that speak louder than words. That being said, there just seems to be a different feel around the team in this instance. Perhaps it’s the hot start of the season, the move to Brooklyn, or the development of the young talent but I can’t help but be optimistic about the Islanders going forward.
Apparently, neither can Ledecky. When asked what message he’d give to Islanders fans, his response was simply this: “Fifth ring”.