NHL: The Pros and Cons of a New York Islanders Relocation

August 5th, 2011 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
The New York Islanders’ lack of guaranteed housing in their present neighborhood inevitably equals a “Will they or won’t they?” debate concerning the prospect of relocation.

The question that is perhaps even greater and greater, though, is “Should they or shouldn’t they?”

To shoot for the answer, there are five major points, with some pluses and some minuses to consider. Any one or a combination of these could be the deciding factor in weighing the proper sentiment over the Islanders’ long-term fate.

Minus: Disregard for a proud tradition

Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News hit a series of solid points in a recent column on this topic.

He noted that no team already carrying a Stanley Cup banner has vanished since the Montreal Maroons evaporated in the 1930s.

Kennedy noted the bevy of beloved players who substantially sculpted their portfolio while wearing an Islanders jersey, from Mike Bossy to Ray Ferraro right up to the present-day prodigy John Tavares. Amazingly, some of those he didn’t mention by name include goaltender Billy Smith and coach Al Arbour.

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