No news on possible sale of team; Barroway no longer interested

The NHL confirmed that it’s up to the Islanders to announce the team’s ownership status. The Islanders say nothing has changed (Steven Marcus, August 5).


1:50 p.m.: Andrew Barroway, the Philadelphia hedge fund manager previously interested in buying the Islanders, has “ceased negotiations” to purchase the team (Marcus, August 5).


Talk of the team’s current owner Charles Wang attempting to sell his majority stake in the team have floated in the last few years, gaining steam again in February and March of this year.

Still, nothing has been announced as of yet, despite reports over the last few months.

Wang has been the majority owner since 2004. The team will be moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn after this season, regardless of ownership status.




149 comments
Kevin Sharkey
Kevin Sharkey

Supposedly Barroway wanted a clause in the sale contract that stated if certain revenue goals werent met in the first few seasons he would be able to move the team elsewhere. Not sure if thats true or not but if it is good riddance to him.

jepliberty
jepliberty

Much has been written in here about the Barc, and the bad sight lines, and other problems, but I can't wait to read what many of the opposing teams players have to say about the place, reading their quotes in the papers the following season should be interesting when the Isles will be playing there.

csh205
csh205

Finally received my season ticket holder Barclay's seating equivalent seating choices. Disappointed as there are not many available choices and those that are available have very poor sight lines in relation to my existing NVMC seats which I have had for the last 13 years.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Where is it written that you have to make the playoffs to win a Stanley Cup?

dinbigd
dinbigd

Fellow Isles fans we have all suffered way too long.Can we all agree on that?Now we must all agree this offseason has been by far the most aggressive we've seen in a long time.Isles will be better.The question remains how much better we will be but imo watching last years goaltending let us down game after game I must confess that this years tandem will not let that happen.Yes they will have bad games here & there but for the most part Isles have drastically improved.Now lets get excited & hope they give the COLI the farewell it deserves.GO ISLES!!!!

dimaio34
dimaio34

I saw Haley signed with the sharks. Hope he gets a starting job. 4th line guy he will do good out west. Man I love players like him. Modern day howatt. The toy tiger!!!!!!!

dimaio34
dimaio34

Hey we need Chico to be a part of something this year. He's the reason I started to cheer for the nyi. I see his mom passed away. Sympathy to glen and his family. Chico is a class act. Great guy

dimaio34
dimaio34

Like Garth as a goalie. I've been about a 7.5 out of ten as far as a gm. You must realize. That he's on a lesh. So this year he got to do something and he sparkled. It was a great off season for him. As fans we must give him credit. Also we don't always know what goes on in the office. And as far as the vanek trade. Could have gone either way. Just didn't work out. Although he almost resign if the minn deal didn't work out. Losing moulson was hard but that's a trade for ya. Would rather give him than someone like Nelson. Garth got the second rounder back. So as extra motivation we really cannot blow this considering buff has our pick. And I think getting the goalie situation fixed proved that snow is not screwing around.

mrcisback
mrcisback

                    I read some quotes from John Tavares and he said he's really excited about the up coming season and the new players that were signed especially goaltenders Halak and Johnson. He also said that he and Ryan Strome have become very close. If thats the case hopefully Snow doesn't include Strome in any trade for a 1st line winger or top defenseman.

camb33
camb33

Let me know what puck daddy thinks of the islanders offseason moves around thanksgiving time....

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

Puck Daddy's nuts if he thinks Snow did that good a job. Or a shill. What about the dominant d-man? Where are all the players going to play?

Question is: does he know what he's talking about re: Edmonton. He says they have holes down the center. One Strome can fill? Nelson? Oilers w their recent drafts must have a left wing for Johnny. 

dimaio34
dimaio34

Really liked what puck daddy says. And I agree. Getting two top notch goalies. Is going to make a huge difference. Gives the player up front a lot of confidence knowning that they can take chances and the goalie will stop the puck. But buffalo. Wow. GReat job by sabres brass to get that kind of leadershipp

mrcisback
mrcisback

 I had a feeling Wang wasn't going to sell the team as soon as Chris Botta said the sale of the Islanders would be announced after the end of the playoffs. Botta has been nothing but a jinx as far as i'm concerned. Things could always be worse like if John Tavares asked to be traded. All in all i'm pretty happy with the signings especially both goaltenders. I wish we could have signed or traded for a top defenseman. Hopefully some of these young defenseman will start to pan out.

isles23
isles23

In all I would've been very surprised if Wang sold before the move. It just wouldn't make sense, why would you sell a team the year before a move that could very well make it more profitable. That being said I am pretty happy with how this off season went. We had 4 needs IMO and we filled 3, and still have time along with the trade chips to make it 4 for 4.

bammer26
bammer26

Looking at Halak's success in net, he's come from two solid defensive minded organizations and coaching staffs, bolstered by a system and players.

Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis is one of the best, and the Habs have were solid on the D side going back to his days in Quebec, always missing the scoring punch up front.


Not to sound NEGATIVE, but just eyeing the current D corps that will be skating in front of him, makes me shiver. Still a log jam back there and up front too, so we will see how the chips fall.


Can't say that Cappy and current "system" in play offers much help either.


Why do I have the feeling that this is LAST year's scenario, only with more window dressing. 


The D, current system, and coaching will have a huge part of Halak's success, or not. Reality is, none of these have been touched..NONE

finnmaccul
finnmaccul

I'm not saying that Wang did a great job running the team.  He shouldn't be doing that in the first place, he's supposed to hire good hockey people and get out of the way - enough said.  Maybe he just wanted to gauge the value of the team through Barroway, who the hell knows.  But some of you guys need to review your Islander history and remember owners like John Pickett (after he lost interest in us), John Spano, Milstein & Gluckstern.  We've been on the slow boat to oblivion for a long time.  Jeez I hope these recent moves get us headed right.  

bammer26
bammer26

From TSN.CA: The Buffalo Sabres added Bryan Trottier, Danny Flynn, Tom Coolen andArturs Irbe to head coach Ted Nolan's coaching staff on Monday.

Trottier, Flynn and Coolen will serve as assistants and Irbe will serve as goaltending coach.


"I'm very happy with the group of talented hockey minds we were able to assemble for our coaching staff," Nolan said. "Each one of these coaches brings an extensive and different background from the hockey world and I'm confident they will help get our team to where it needs to go this season."


Buffalo is at the end of assembling it's main structural components for a rebuild, now it's drafting and development. GM Tim Murray has already signed Brian Gionta, Matt Moulson, and he also re-signed forward Marcus Foligno with gritty forward Cody McCormick.


On the D back end, Murray has inked Andrej Meszaros and Josh Gorges, two solid veterans. And they have center Sam Reinhart, who was taken with this year's #2 pick, and should make this year's team.


In net, Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth, will be a nice 1-2 punch. Very quietly, the Sabres are putting together solid pieces to the organization, from the top on down.


This is a team I will have my eye on and watch, not only because of Trots and Nolan, but the direction owner Terry P and management have taken. They will be a competitive bunch, and with one of the best play by play guys in the league, fans in Sabre land should be excited.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I don't know which fan base is more pathetic, the Mets or the Islanders.  This is very sad news.  Like the Wilpons, Wang is an inveterate loser.  In order to avoid a mass revolt he made a few investments this off season. 


Big deal.


The astonishing fact that the team has not won a single playoff round in his tenure speaks to his elite level of incompetence.  Celebrating what most other teams consider a given - making the playoffs - demonstrates how low the bar has been set under his reign of error.  This team is still far from being a contender.  Some of us were hoping to finally have the stained sheets metaphorically  removed from the bed.  With Chuckles still in charge, it will be another season avoiding the wet spot. 

camb33
camb33

@wangbegone yes,  since wang has owned this team, my nutsack has endured a lot of damage from scratching

dinbigd
dinbigd

@dimaio34 I think he should've been given a role on Isles 4th line.He is better than Colin Mac,better fighter than martin & more sandpaper than Casey.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@dimaio34 After seeing the Isles win their first Cup, went to Torrey's  house where, much to my happy surprise, the Stanley Cup was sitting shining on the dining room table. Chico was outside in the driveway, as if a bouncer. My friends and I put the kibosh to that, and dragged him back inside.

Don22
Don22

@Logan Monstuart I'm not going to comment on whether Puck Daddy is right or wrong - it's all speculation anyhow.  But I will ask this - what dominant D-Man were you expecting to fall in the Isles lap?  I'm all for getting that defensman, but if he doesn't exist, you can't trade for him.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Logan Monstuart

I'm not a huge Snow fan, but he did a pretty job this offseason. Criticizing him for not getting a "dominant d-man" is ridiculously unfair. Do you realize how difficult that is? Unless you want to overpay and give up guys like Strome, Reinhart, Nelson, etc (which I'm glad Snow isn't willing to do), you're not going to trade for a top d-man, and there really wasn't any available through free agency (and even if there was he probably wouldn't sign with the Isles anyway). Most people agree the best way to get a top pairing d-man is to draft and develop one, which is exactly what the Isles are attempting to do right now.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@isles23 

Filled only 2, still need a vet Dman and Lwing for JT, don't have that much faith in the inhouse guys they have, and that includes Lee, Nelson etc etc.

isles23
isles23

Banner. Nice theory except halak had a save % above his career average with the capitals, a very weak defensive team.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@finnmaccul 

Yes, correct, but wang was supposed to be this team's savior and he has done squat to save it, it actually needs to be saved from wang.

army72
army72

@Macacawitz 80 million in the off season  is more than a few investments 

Kevin Sharkey
Kevin Sharkey

@snostorm @csh205 How would the sight lines and commute to the games be if the team was moved to Quebec or Kansas City. For all these complaints be glad you still get to go to games.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@Don22 @Logan Monstuart Honestly, Don, I had very little knowledge of Mark Streit eight years ago, or whenever it was Snow signed him, arguably his best move as gm. I don't know the rosters of every NHL team. That's not my job. It's Snow's. It's the Isles scouting department. (Hadn't heard of Gord Lane either. Torrey and staff had.) There are 30 teams, that makes 180 roster d-men. One of those d-men I am sure is better than the team he is playing for thinks he is. Or is being used in the wrong way.

I've mentioned this before: Lohn Leclair was a fourth-line player for the Canadiens. Someone in the Flyers organization obviously saw something in Leclair the Habs didn't. There has to be out there somewhere a 6'3"-6'5" defenseman who can clear the friggin' crease, who can stay calm in his own end in the third period of a game the Isles lead by two.


Another example. Zdeno Chara. Was an Islander. Did anyone in the Isles organization see his potential? Obviously not.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@kevinpt @Logan Monstuart 

So you are saying we fans should wait another 3 or 4 more years before this team matures and makes a run to contention? snow should have known of what this team needed for a long time and acted on it, but he as usual fails as a GM, no other GM would have lasted this long without any teams improvement, if they fail to make the POs this season, that should be it for him and no questions asked why.

isles23
isles23

@jep. IMO the four needs. Starting goaltender, check. Back up goaltender, check. Scoring depth, check. Top four dman, that's the no. I think last year showed us we need scoring depth a heck of a lot more than we need a top LW. You don't need faith in the guys that will play with JT, just that JT is the kind of player that makes others better. And that's something you should have tons of faith in.

bammer26
bammer26

@isles23 A DOZEN games Matty, been around long enough to know better than that. Actually, as much as you post, you should of dug into that Caps theory a bit more. That's OK, just a blog for the usual back and forth.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

true, it was only 12 games but true.  halak's success does not come from top defensive teams in the league though.  they come from mostly middle of pack teams, aside from the blues last year.  im not concerned about halak at all. 


the biggest difference is going to be that halak isnt going to let in the soft, team deflating goals that nabby, poulin, and nilsson have all let in.  halak is solid and won't let in those garbage goals...at least not nearly as frequently as we've been accustomed to. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@army72 @Macacawitz Thank you for making my point.  His abject ignorance of the sport, combined with his proclivity for hiring "yes" men has resulted in some of the worst allocation of resources in the history of the game.  Another team would have parlayed the cash in the Yashin and DiPietro contracts into a Cup or two.  This Fool either spends nothing, or spends foolishly.  We can't be rid of him fast enough.  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Logan Monstuart easier said than done my friend...every team in the league is looking for that diamond in the rough but its not that easy.  what you mentioned are rare cases. 

kevinpt
kevinpt

@jepliberty @kevinpt @Logan Monstuart

I never said that. I agree with everything you just said. My point was that it's unfair to criticize Snow THIS offseason just because he didn't pick up a #1 defenseman. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@isles23 

Actually scoring wasn't a big problem with the team last season, it was our porous defence, and the swiss cheese goaltending.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@isles23 i agree, the top LW is not such a dire need.  everyone says how we need to give the kids a chance and not play them on the 3rd and 4th line...well here is the perfect opportunity.


we do need another dman though before im confident in the blue line.  we have one solid pairing (hammer & dehaan), outside of that its a bunch of question marks, including reinhart.  hes supposed to be a top pairing shut down guy eventually, but that doesnt mean he wont have growing pains his first year in the league.  isles really need a top 4 dman imo. 

isles23
isles23

Bammer, doesn't matter how many games it was. If he was as dependent on his teams D as you made it seem there is no chance he has as good a save % let alone a better one regardless of the sample size.

army72
army72

@Macacawitz @army72 Stop living in the past....like my wife. The Iles are certainly not the only team that has given out bad contracts.Those two contracts are not the reason they have lost for 20 years. Every team has bad contracts you gamble sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.....and we lost big time. I actually liked Yashin he was point a game player but, people expect more heart from him..reminds me of the Kessel situation. He wasn't a leader people expected him to carry the team. Depietro yeah that was bad but, if he stays healthy 4.5 million would have  been good. Who cares now he's off  the books and Yashin will be off after next year.  Look at the present. Snow has sign core players at very good contracts. We have a top 5 player sign at 5.5 million for 6 years....thats unbelievable.  I still don't know how he did that. The core players are signed at decent price. Are you saying the money he spent this summer was foolish...if you are than you know nothing about hockey. He sign two solid veteran players players that play responsible  defensive hockey  and will provide secondary scoring which we desperately needed.If they get the scoring touch like they had when they played together...lookout. It provides us options as well at the forward position. If a player isn't playing well now we can sit him  as we have depth. they have finally addressed the goaltending issues. We haven't had stability in net since osgood days...and that was even questionable. He will obtain a defensmen as well. I'm with you that the team has let us down in the past....big time. im not disputing that but, winning will make me forget pretty fast. For the first time since acquiring Peca and Yashin im feeling confident going in this season. With the new signings, young players developing(Nelson, Dehaan Lee, Strome) and i think the players were embarrassed from last year is formula for success. Stop being so grumpy and cheer for you team....we finally have a team to cheer for team.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@slapshot18_rs @Logan Monstuart I expect the gm to do his job. Evaluating talent is the number one requirement of the job, and that includes finding diamonds in the rough. Happens routinely in professional sports. (Don't mention the name Jeff Bagwell to BoSox fans. (Or Zdeno Chara to Isles fans.)) Gotta know what to look for. Gotta be able to see what stands out.

Again: I saw Oli Jokinen skate one shift and knew he was a player. Something he did along the boards, I forget exactly what. But that's all it took. And I'm not a gm.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@slapshot18_rs @isles23 This is the NHL, not the NCAA, where two good players is enough on any line. Your top line needs three topflight players, and neither Lee nor Nelson is ready. We don't have a first line.

bammer26
bammer26

@isles23 - LOL, doesn't matter how many games huh? Save % is only one component for the bottom line, WINS and LOSES.


Another issue you fail to mention during his time with the Caps is they were still chasing the 8th seed for a spot. The pressure was on Adam Oates and the defensive side of their game. Ovie was a ridiculous -30 around that time, and every media outlet in Cap land heard that GM McPhee had stressed more responsibility on their side of the puck. Didn't work, as Ted Leones cleaned house, but my point is that you are missing intangibles during his short time there. 


Halak is a talented guy, but he has been the recipient of two very good defensive minded teams/systems over his success. 


We'll see soon enough how Halak fairs with Cappy and our starting back six..

isles23
isles23

@logsn. Finding diamonds in the rough has actually been a strong suit for Snow. The best example being Moulson. But as slap said its easier said than done and even harder finding dmen. Chara wasn't a diamond in the rough, we knew he was gonna be good but we got a top center at the time for him and you have to give to get.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@isles23 Agree w Moulson, don't agree w all the other bargain basement Snow pickups, too numerous to mention. (Bouchard and Regin jump to mind, Snow's two big off-season moves last year, traded together for a fourth-round draft pick.).

And Jayson Blair before him. (Milbury?) Both from LA.