The Islanders are set to leave the Coliseum for good after next season. While some enthusiasts are calling for the team to produce a winner on their way out the door, reports indicate the former Stanley Cup champs could be sold before another puck drops in Uniondale.
Rumors have been flying about Islanders owner Charles Wang negotiating with the high-powered and deep-pocketed Philadelphia attorney Andrew Barroway about selling Long Island’s only major league sports franchise. The gossip is not so farfetched.
Think about it. Charles Wang is first and foremost a businessman. They say he is losing money every year with the Islanders. Not only that, when it comes to player contracts, Wang has had a series of bad calls. Do you remember Jaromir Jagr and Rick DiPietro, just to mention a couple?
What’s more, look at how the Islanders are lame duck losers, ready to bolt for Brooklyn. In the meantime, they have to skate in a crumbling arena that is long overdue for redevelopment. If the right offer came along, would you sell the team?
Who says the Islanders are for sale?
At the end of any losing season there is always going to be loose hearsay about players and coaches being fired or traded. This time around, the idle talk could be true.
According to an article published by the Toronto Sun Mar. 31, 2014, “Charles Wang could sell Islanders to Philly lawyer: Report,” for the first time, Nassau’s Barclay bound hockey owner is “open to selling his majority.”
The Sun also notes that the Islanders are “among the lowest-attended in the NHL.”
As far as selling the former NHL dynasty of the late 70s and early 80s, it looks as though Philadelphia based Barroway is the lone taker. The blog sportsrumoralert.com points out that Barroway, “is the only one that Wang has held any serious discussions with.”
What happens then?
If the Islanders are sold, would the team move to Philadelphia, or stick around at the Barclays Center, knowing they would always play second fiddle in town to the Rangers and Knicks. There is a real chance that Coliseum goers have seen the last NHL game ever played on Long Island.