Islanders want fans to hurry up and wait

Islanders want fans to hurry up and wait

There are 60 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 21, 2009, titled Islanders want fans to hurry up and wait. In it, Newsday reports that:

By all means, just be patient. This is the message the Islanders keep sending to their fans with trades such as the one they made Friday for a late first-round draft pick who probably won't be in the National ...

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Deal reviewer

Tokyo, Japan

#1 Feb 21, 2009
Islanders are a sinking franchise that is 50/50 to survive in this tough economic climate. Since the bufoon Milbury they have been trading away quality players for draft picks. The team cannot compete financially and are essentially the Kansas City Royals of hockey
Tony F

Norwalk, CT

#2 Feb 21, 2009
Your column is becoming so trite, get a new head shot
jaxx

Medford, NY

#3 Feb 21, 2009
You act like the team has been rebuilding for years and years. Milbury destroyed the last one over 10 years ago. You're blaming Snow for moves made by another GM. They are finally doing things right for a change and then you produce this garbage??? I'm willing to bet you count on one hand how many times you've actually watched Campoli play. Stop acting like you know the Isles. It's an insult to all the real fans.
Clem

AOL

#4 Feb 21, 2009
Id love for this team to contend next year and they very well might depending on how summer goes but if they dont i will be ok with that becuase with tavares plus maybe Taylor Hall and free agents like say Martin Havlat and Max Afinogenov and college FA Matt Gilroy and Mike Komisarek being a regular free agent I think we can be decent next yr with a first line of Tavares Havlat and Afingenov
Clem

AOL

#5 Feb 21, 2009
Deal reviewer wrote:
Islanders are a sinking franchise that is 50/50 to survive in this tough economic climate. Since the bufoon Milbury they have been trading away quality players for draft picks. The team cannot compete financially and are essentially the Kansas City Royals of hockey
Your an idiot! Go back and watch baseball becuase hockey isn't popular in Japan
FAIL

Villanova, PA

#6 Feb 21, 2009
Um, the draft pick of this year shows up in October 2009, not 2010 bud.
Jay

Honolulu, HI

#7 Feb 21, 2009
Clem wrote:
Id love for this team to contend next year and they very well might depending on how summer goes but if they dont i will be ok with that becuase with tavares plus maybe Taylor Hall and free agents like say Martin Havlat and Max Afinogenov and college FA Matt Gilroy and Mike Komisarek being a regular free agent I think we can be decent next yr with a first line of Tavares Havlat and Afingenov
Martin Havlat would be a smart signing for a 25+ goal scorer and Mike Komisarek would play great in Gordon's system. Especially in his old neighborhood. I'd like to see a trade pulled of for Johan Franzen, Mason Raymond, Bryan Little, or Joffrey Lupul.
Steve

Huntington Station, NY

#8 Feb 22, 2009
The Isles already went the FA route during the PRE SALARY CAP Yashin years. They traded for Christian Huselius last year who then turned down the isles contract offer and the trade never went through.

The ONLY way for the NYI to become a contender is to build through the draft. Top tier FAs don't want to come here.

This rebuild has been needed for a very very very long time. Call me crazy, but I'd rather suffer through lean years to build a winner, than sign the 2nd & 3rd tier free agents & maybe compete for 8th and get knocked out in the 1st round. I've seen that movie before.

The Milbury Isles had a ton of young talent, but Milbury traded it all away because he was impatient. Mike Milbury probably thinks that Kyle Okposo is having a bad year because he hasn't scored 35 goals yet.

There's no reason why the Isles can't draft good young talent & be patient with them. The isles have been losing anyway. Why not get rewarded for it this time around.
Double-standard

New York, NY

#9 Feb 22, 2009
How come he does not write the same stuff about the laughingstock Rags?

Is he scared of Dolan or for his job.

I would take this Islander team right now in a best of seven over the Rags even with all the injuries.

Only difference between both teams are the injuries and the shootout wins.
Hockey guy

AOL

#10 Feb 22, 2009
Dogs and birds make great family pets, but you can never understand exactly what they're saying. Unless it's a parrot, where you know what they're saying, but they only say what you say. A dog is a man's best friend, and the irony is that it's not a woman. Women can make you crazy, and dog's always want a treat. Birds fly south for the winter, but sometimes they stick around. The days of Brad Dalgarno are gone, but we just have to deal with it. A glass of water is just an ice cube waiting to happen.
Rags Fan

Suffern, NY

#11 Feb 22, 2009
Double-standard wrote:
How come he does not write the same stuff about the laughingstock Rags?
Is he scared of Dolan or for his job.
I would take this Islander team right now in a best of seven over the Rags even with all the injuries.
Only difference between both teams are the injuries and the shootout wins.
Hate to agree with you but you're right.Heck....the only way the Rangers would win is if Hank had four shutouts.We stink.Stevie Wonder would score more goals than Drury and Gomez combined.
bhockey47

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#12 Feb 22, 2009
There is no doubt we the fans, those paying for the season tickets have every right to be patient or not to be patient. But it appears to me, that the only negative one week after week, the one with freebee tickets in his pocket, the one who has done the most complaining, is you Mr. Mark Herrmann. Your articles are absolutely boring, ill informed, sophomoric in content and approach. It appears to this fan, this supportive fan of the NY Islanders, that the only one who should really be considering a move to Kansas City is you. But being a patient man, I am happy to wait knowing that maybe someday, just maybe Newsday will realize that a trade for a draft pick writer not yet finished with journalism school would be a trade we'd all applaud.
bhockey47

Port Jefferson Station, NY

#13 Feb 22, 2009
ALL ISLANDER FANS, SUPPORT THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT,,,attend the Town of Hempstead public hearing, this Tuesday, Feb 24, 10:30am, Hempstead Town Hall,,,this is our time, our chance, our voice,,,these are our Islanders, and we should find our time to be there. Hempstead Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb 24, 10:30am...we need YOU to show up...
Rob

Miami, FL

#14 Feb 22, 2009
bhockey47 wrote:
ALL ISLANDER FANS, SUPPORT THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT,,,attend the Town of Hempstead public hearing, this Tuesday, Feb 24, 10:30am, Hempstead Town Hall,,,this is our time, our chance, our voice,,,these are our Islanders, and we should find our time to be there. Hempstead Town Hall, Tuesday, Feb 24, 10:30am...we need YOU to show up...
wish I can be there, but I live in Fla. anyway I can sign an online petition?
Nick

Somerville, MA

#15 Feb 22, 2009
www.lighthousepetition.com

And Mark, this is really getting old. Why do you in the media insist on pushing this palpable nonsense that the Islanders have been rebuilding for 25 years? Not since the dynasty have they even had the patience to have a plan and stick with it. In addition to Huselius, you have guys like Smyth and Drury who took less money to go somewhere else. Is it Charles Wang's fault those players didn't want his money? Of course not.

This team is more than 3 players away from being a significant Cup contender. Would you prefer they grossly overpay for marginal players in order to destroy their cap figure and be just good enough to squeak into the playoffs and get blown out in 5 games? I would rather see them draft smart and unload guys who don't want to be here (see Campoli, Chris) in order to make the jump when these players come together and build something.

As for the Lighthouse, I'm biased since I'm an independent advocate for it, but I think many Long Islanders, not just Islander fans, see what a wonderful thing it will be for our future.

Let's call a spade a spade here and stop with this ridiculous theory that the Islanders have been in constant rebuilding.
Islander fan in Boston

Boston, MA

#16 Feb 22, 2009
I live in Boston and this year (the worst in yrs for Isles) I find myself watching more games then ever. I want to watch the young guys develop and they are fun to watch (i also hope they get the #1). I dont mind the rebuilding process, its part of the plan and has to be done.

My hope is that Snow has a good multi year plan, Islander scouts are good and the Islanders are able to sign a few FA the next couple of years.

As a fan all I can do is watch and cheer for the players in the Islanders jerseys.
Section 423

Oceanside, NY

#17 Feb 22, 2009
As a Rangers fan, I do NOT want to see the Islanders forced to move due to an outdated arena and an awful lease. As a resident of Long Island, I do NOT want my taxes raised to support another billionaire team owner receiving government money for a thinly disguised land grab. As for the trade, the Isles are doing the right thing in stockpiling draft picks. Snow should be unloading any veteran of value in order to obtain even more draft picks.
Steve From Suffolk

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Feb 22, 2009
The existance of the Isles gave me hockey. I am a 1st generation fan and the "Cinderella" team of '75 is what made this game so special and gave a face to Long Island like no other.

The early '80s dynasty was one of hockey's greatest in the game's history.

To think that my beloved Isles would ever leave the place that has loved and lived with them for so long is heart breaking.

But spending the last 25 year in cycles of failure and "rebuilding" has become embarassing and tedious.

Stop insulting the intelligence of we faithful fans. Your loving fans deserve better than this.
longtime fan

East Orange, NJ

#19 Feb 22, 2009
Not once in this column do you acknowledge that Campoli ASKED TO BE TRADED. Don't you know that? It's all about shipping him out for a pick. But that was very likely the best - and smartest - option Snow could get for a former 7th round pick who has occasional offense but is AWFUL in his own end and no longer wanted to be part of this team because he couldn't take direction from the coach. Look at how the team responded last night? They now know it's follow the coach's lead or you're headed to the exit.

And otherwise, this column is genuinely stupid. Milbury ships out all the young talent to "win now" and you see what it got us? A mediocre "playoff team" not capable of winning a round. Then Snow starts building the right way and you want to change course AGAIN. That is dumb. The only way to get players like Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, etc. is to draft one, and that's where Isles are headed.
Pnut

Spring Valley, NY

#20 Feb 22, 2009
Section 423 wrote:
As a Rangers fan, I do NOT want to see the Islanders forced to move due to an outdated arena and an awful lease. As a resident of Long Island, I do NOT want my taxes raised to support another billionaire team owner receiving government money for a thinly disguised land grab. As for the trade, the Isles are doing the right thing in stockpiling draft picks. Snow should be unloading any veteran of value in order to obtain even more draft picks.
Wang isdoing this without any tax money.....zero, zilch, nada
he is not like the Mets or Yankees ownership that they get tax $$$

As an Isles fan and a resident of long island i do agree with everything you said there and it is great seeing a lot of Rangers fans understanding that they need the isles also. I really respect rangers fans like you and others.

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