New York Islanders Daily Links: Steven Stamkos the Islander
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Hold on to your hats. This is a hot take. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the New York Islanders might have the cap space to consider a move for Tampa Bay Lightning UFA Steven Stamkos.
He say’s it on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Just sit back and listen to the audio at the 11:36 mark, and let it sink in. Stamkos wearing the Orange and Blue of the New York Islanders, playing alongside John Tavares. Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?
If you don’t want to listen to a full eleven-plus minutes of audio, Today’s Slapshot did a good job of extracting what was said by Friedman.
Of course, this is all speculation. A new ownership group does not exactly mean more money. The NHL is a league where 80% of its revenue comes from local sources, such as people going to the game. And it’s not like the Barclay’s Centre is filled to capacity every night.
The Barclays Centre can hold a total of 15,725 for a hockey game, but it attracts just over 13,000 on average. Good enough for the 3rd worst attendance in the league. Maybe a Stamkos-like free agent signing changes that and brings a bigger crowd.
Maybe the new ownership dips into their pocket books now, in order to fill them back up later when Stamkos is scoring 50 goals in Brooklyn? Maybe.
New York Islanders Round-up From Around the Web
Brock Nelson and his USA team get ready to face off against team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Russia today. (IIHF Worlds)
In other World Championship news, Thomas Greiss‘ Germany was eliminated from the tournament in the quarter-finals by hosts Russia with a 4-1 loss. (IIHF Worlds)
According to Kevin Warren, the Ottawa Senators have their eyes on pending UFA Matt Martin. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. But with the prize Martin is likely going to command GM Garth Snow may sign him. (Ottawa Citizen)
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SNY.tv’s Islanders Point Blank completes their free agent round-up with the second and final part of the series. (SNY.tv)