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Old 01-24-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Massapequa Park
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Nabokov hangs up on the GM (said he didn't realize it was Snow), and he claims he won't play for the Isle's because "I'm at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs." Brutal.

I don't want to see the Islanders leave LI and I'm not even a huge hockey fan, but that with the consistently poor attendance..when is it time to hang up the skates on the islanders?
What can we do with the Coliseum if they go?

Evgeni Nabokov hangs up on Snow, dials up criticism of behavior - Puck Daddy - NHL* - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:45 PM
 
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In a word...no.

I weep for my team Peqs
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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It's unbelievable how the mighty have fallen. As a Ranger fan and a LI resident I would never want to see the Islanders leave. What a great rivalry there has been.

LI would cut off it's nose to spite it's face. You have this giant tract of land, you have an arena on it..why not update it to make it more attractive? In the grand scheme of things is it really that expensive?
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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IDK but that arena is scary. Something needs to be done. God forbid there were ever an emergency there, there is only 1 concourse that everyone pours into.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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My bride and I went to our first Islander game in many years last Saturday night against Buffalo. As a Rangers fan I haven't been in the Coliseum in fifteen years and honestly......it's good enough for hockey and concerts. The team though are a group of young hungry kids on the low end of the league pay scale. There in lies a problem.Fans need a main player to root for and an above average goalie. Yes,they have Tavares who is very good but young and millionaire DiPietro spent more time floundering on his back or his belly then standing in net. The Sabres too are a team of unknowns so it was nice to see them win.The sad part is there no longer is that drop the gloves,crunching open ice checking rivalry the Isles and Blueshirts had. I was stunned by how few people were there and how many were Sabres fans. I truly feel without a competitive team the Islanders would be better off sold and moved.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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My bride and I went to our first Islander game in many years last Saturday night against Buffalo. As a Rangers fan I haven't been in the Coliseum in fifteen years and honestly......it's good enough for hockey and concerts. The team though are a group of young hungry kids on the low end of the league pay scale. There in lies a problem.Fans need a main player to root for and an above average goalie. Yes,they have Tavares who is very good but young and millionaire DiPietro spent more time floundering on his back or his belly then standing in net. The Sabres too are a team of unknowns so it was nice to see them win.The sad part is there no longer is that drop the gloves,crunching open ice checking rivalry the Isles and Blueshirts had. I was stunned by how few people were there and how many were Sabres fans. I truly feel without a competitive team the Islanders would be better off sold and moved.
Sports entertainment isn't just about the team. There is absolutely nothing appealing about the coliseum other than the event going on. Compare that to something like Citi Field, were even though the Mets stink, it's still a beautiful place that you can have a good time at. Even as a die hard Mets fan, I understand the appeal of a nice place to play and draw non die-hards.

The area around the Coliseum could be turned into an entertainment and sports attraction with bars and restaurants and a refurbished arena. Instead, it's a big eyesore in the middle of an area that people don't consider hanging around in before or after a game.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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Sports entertainment isn't just about the team. There is absolutely nothing appealing about the coliseum other than the event going on. Compare that to something like Citi Field, were even though the Mets stink, it's still a beautiful place that you can have a good time at. Even as a die hard Mets fan, I understand the appeal of a nice place to play and draw non die-hards.

The area around the Coliseum could be turned into an entertainment and sports attraction with bars and restaurants and a refurbished arena. Instead, it's a big eyesore in the middle of an area that people don't consider hanging around in before or after a game.

All well said. Just have to add that for all the cost savings in neglecting the building and low player salaries, ticket prices remain at the high end of the spectrum for a team that can't sell a half house.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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IDK but that arena is scary. Something needs to be done. God forbid there were ever an emergency there, there is only 1 concourse that everyone pours into.
Scary is true.

I saw Roger Waters in the Fall and had nosebleed seats in the 300 level. There used to be a walkway between the 200 and 300 level that went around the inside of the arena. Now it is jammed full of seats. If there was a jam up at the gate for one of the 300 sections, people would have to run down rows to the next gate or hop over rails to the 200 level.

I don't know but didn't Wang saybthe building is unsafe structurally? If it is why was he allowed to install those big concrete skyboxes?

Dman wrote about how the Mets have an enjoyable stadium for people to watch them. It is time for the Coliseum to become modern and safe to attract more fans. After taking a close look at the Coliseum before the concert I don't want to spend my money at a dump which charges parking and facility charges on top of the ticket price. Where's that money going?
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Wallens Ridge
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Are you sure there is still a hockey team that plays on Long Island ?

I could have sworn the Islanders moved after losing in the finals in 1984 to the Edmonton Oilers.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: NHP, NY
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Sports entertainment isn't just about the team. There is absolutely nothing appealing about the coliseum other than the event going on. Compare that to something like Citi Field, were even though the Mets stink, it's still a beautiful place that you can have a good time at. Even as a die hard Mets fan, I understand the appeal of a nice place to play and draw non die-hards.

The area around the Coliseum could be turned into an entertainment and sports attraction with bars and restaurants and a refurbished arena. Instead, it's a big eyesore in the middle of an area that people don't consider hanging around in before or after a game.
Definitely agree with this, but the bottom line is if a team is consistently winning, the arena will generally be packed, regardless of whether it is a state of the art complex or a dilapidated eyesore. The truth is that the Isles have rarely been a force in the league over the more than quarter century since they last won a Cup. Baseball and football in around the NYC area will draw crowds more consistently no matter how good/bad the team is, but hockey is a niche sport in most markets, and will struggle to get crowds, again, unless the team is winning consistently. A new complex will definitely draw more people, but it won't be for long if the team continues to be among the worst in the league year after year.

As a lifelong Rangers fan that grew up on and currently lives on LI, I'm torn about the Isles fate. On one hand, I would like to see the rivalry continue and even be rekindled, assuming both teams can concurrently be in the upper echelon of the league for an extended period of time. On the other hand, I vividly remember suffering through 4 Cups in the early 80s and all of the ***** that I put up with as a young Rangers fan. In retrospect, it wasn't so much the true Isles/hockey fans that were the problem, but it was all of those annoying bandwagon fans that have long since disappeared.
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