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New York Islanders New Owner Desperately Wants To Win

By Matt O'Leary
Oct 9, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders owner Charles Wang drops the ceremonial puck between New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) before the first regular season NHL game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders owner Charles Wang drops the ceremonial puck between New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) before the first regular season NHL game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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John Ledecky had a sit down lunch with members of the New York Islanders media. There were a lot of quotable things that were said by him at the lunch but one quote stood out to all the rest.

In not too surprising fashion everyone is jumping on the quote where he said that the Islanders are building their future in Brooklyn. People have to get over the move to Brooklyn already.

Do I like taking the train and having to transfer at Jamaica? No. Do I like the SUV behind the glass and the obstructed views? No. Do I miss the 10 minute drive to the Coliseum? Yes. But more than anything I want to see this team win, and so does John Ledecky.

It’s just funny to me that an owner can show so much pride in building the organization forward but everyone harps on the past, and not going back to Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders new owner came out and said our goal is to win.

He said that this team won’t be a budget team and that they will try to go for it yet everyone is upset about the location of the team, instead of the goals of the team. For years the fanbase has been thirsty for a winner but can’t seem to get past the fact that Brooklyn is the new home of the Islanders.

The fantasy of the Islanders coming home to Nassau seems to be all that, a fantasy not reality. It would be in the Islanders best interest to try to improve their situation that they have now in Brooklyn.

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I can’t change how the mainstream media and the majority of fans feel. All that I ask is to think about the state of team more so than the inconvenience of a train ride.

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