Thank you…

Kevin Schultz

It’s been a fun three seasons here at Point Blank, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped out, read, commented and emailed over the past couple of years for their support. Tomorrow will be my last day here at IPB (set off some fireworks for me? but please don’t set yourself on fire).

After taking up blogging as a not too serious hobby and then somehow becoming a part of the now-dead and buried FanHouse, it was really an amazing opportunity and dream come true to be able to take over for Chris Botta (thanks for all the help and advice, Chris). Covering the best sport and the hometown team has been a great experience and something that I had always wanted to do (anyone remember this?) and that it paid some bills was a cool bonus and something far too rare in internet writing.

The staff here at SNY has always been top notch and amazing, thanks to Fred, Andrew and Adam who keep this site going like clockwork. As far as what’s coming next, the site is going to continue and carry along as usual, so I don’t think you’ll see much difference save for the absence my byline.

The main reason for leaving is that next year I’m going to be graduating from Fordham with an MBA in accounting and finance, and those classes, on top of this, on top of my actual full time job, plus friends/family/etc is too much to try and balance. Plus, I have to get my life plan all sorted out for graduation next year. This winter was near impossible to keep up with as all three of those things ease off in the summer and kick up in the winter, so it’s pretty clear that I need to scale back a bit.

Thank you to all the folks who have written on here; Christian, Keith, Garik and our historical expert Steven. Special thanks to Christian and Keith for all their hard work even through some thankless recaps on weeknights nights where the Islanders didn’t play too well. Christian is in full-time pursuit of journalism/blogging, and it’ll be great to watch him going forward as someone who handles himself very professionally and is very dedicated. Without their contributions, who knows where this blog would be, it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting and entertaining. Thank you to the Islanders, as well, for being accommodating with our requests, moreso than most teams would in regards to us “basement bloggers.”

And of course, thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting over the past three years. Kind of like a hockey team, a blog doesn’t function well if there’s no one reading it (been there, done that). The vast majority of the emails and tweets I’ve received about the site have been kind and passionate, which is a stark difference from the usual depths the internet tends to go to. And one time somebody recognized me at the supermarket, which was also cool.

I’m not going away, just going to be hanging up the blogging keyboard for a while. I’ll still be on Twitter talking Isles if you want to interact and I also have a small side hobby of photography, so feel free to check out my flickr or 500px. I think I’ll finish up tomorrow with my thoughts on where the team is headed. It looks like it could be a good last season at the Coliseum, I sure hope it is. I’ll probably see you there.




100 comments
Two Dogs Copulating
Two Dogs Copulating

Godspeed Citizen

all the best going forward

thanks for everything

All Islanders All The Time

nymarc
nymarc

Thank you very much for keeping us informed with the Islanders. You did a great job, in fact the whole team is great. Good luck!

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

best of luck kevin.  always enjoyed your work.

swan
swan

Kevin, thank you for all your hard, excellent work with IPB!  I will miss reading your thoughts, but I am pleased to hear you are leaving for good reasons.  I can't imagine how much of a time suck this blog must have been and it is even more impressive given the other commitments you had.  Thank you again for stepping up after Botta left.


Good luck with your final year and your future endeavors, I am excited for you.  Godspeed and Go Islanders!

cournoyer
cournoyer

Bon chance Kevin

Have feeling Franz peaked last year. Dangle him

bammer26
bammer26

A happy and safe 4th to all..!


Interesting piece I found on AOL this morning on the Nets:


As evidenced by the recent $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, NBA franchises have entered an era of enormous price tags.

With that in mind, the 2013-14 earnings report must have been rather frustrating for the Brooklyn Nets.


Not only were the Nets just one of nine teams to actually lose money last season, they led the pack by an incredible margin.

According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Nets lost $144 million in 2013-14 -- $131 million more than the next team, the Washington Wizards:

"It’s important to note that the figures here stem from basketball activities only, and do not appear to include benefits the Nets and Prokhorov get from their ownership stake in the Barclays Center. And Prokhorov, of course, is heli-skiing levels of rich. But taking a $144 million bath when the rest of the league is swimming in profits does not sit well."


So, just how did the Nets lose 11 times as much money as the next team? The majority of that $144 million comes from the team's luxury tax payments for its extravagant payroll. The additions of Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce bumped the Nets' payroll to more than $100 million. That was the highest ever by an NBA team and it triggered a $90 million luxury tax. The previous high for an NBA team's luxury tax was the $51.97 million paid by Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen in 2002-03.


To put that $90 million in perspective, the Nets paid more in luxury tax than every other team in the league paid in salary.

Billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov has said he'll pay whatever it takes for the Nets to win, and before last season he made light of the enormous sum he would owe between salary and luxury tax.


“I think they’re still counting money in the back office,” Prokhorov joked, referring to the NBA's offices in New York. “But frankly speaking, I just hope the check doesn’t bounce.”


For Prokhorov, losing $144 million is nothing compared to the multi-billion dollar losses he's taken in years past. Plus, when taking into account how the Nets have increased in value the past few years and the fact that Prokhorov owns 45 percent of Barclays Center, this probably isn't going to keep Prokhorov up at night.


Still, with the Nets already on the hook for nearly $90 million in payroll and another large luxury tax payout in 2014-15, the team will need to quickly figure out a way to minimize these huge losses.

Ajay Gill
Ajay Gill

Thanks for the insight, kudos for the effort! Good luck and hope to hear from you now and then during another year of what ifs and hopefully..

Meatball Parm
Meatball Parm

Having moved out of state your blogging kept me in the islanders loop. Thanks for all, good luck

dinbigd
dinbigd

Any chance you look over the finances @ CA? Truly joking LOL!! Good luck to you & your future family.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Thanks for all the effort and reporting. Do Strome and Neilsen get Evander kane?

vegasvic
vegasvic

God bless kev. Best wishes to you and your family

islesfan77
islesfan77

Kevin, nice job, thank you for doing it. Good luck with your future. Be well.

Vicp73
Vicp73

Best of Luck Kevin,  and wishing all my American friends and family a happy 4th of July

Wc Christopher
Wc Christopher

Grabner, Bailey, Donovan, and either Pedan/Pelech/Mayfield for Kane. OR Grabner, Bailey, Donovan, and Pullock for Kane + Bogosian. OR maybe just Bailey and Donovan for Phaneuf. Then sign Penner. First successful summer in years! Good Luck Kevin!

jepliberty
jepliberty

Good luck in your future Kevin, you did a truly good job with this blog, and putting up with some of us, and our comments.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Thank you for all your hard work Kevin.  Great job!

Best of luck to you!

tag1
tag1

Good luck Kevin

dkdk
dkdk

Kevin, best of luck in your future endeavors. Here's hoping that you find a job that makes you happy and that has multiple zeroes on your paycheck.

Don22
Don22

Thanks for keeping things going, even when it seems like all we do is fight with each other.


Good luck with the rest of school, your job and whatever lies ahead.  



shamwow
shamwow

Kevin...

You made it out alive!

Congratulations!

jlaw
jlaw

Good luck Kevin 

drive45
drive45

Thanks Kevin! Hope you didn't listen to Garf on the Fan this afternoon. A fool and/or delusional. Triping all over himself on the Vanek deal and the possibliity of resigning Moulson. They gave Grabovski the same money as Mouldon minus a year! I'd rather have Moulson and a number one pick in 2015 than Grabovski!

tpjm
tpjm

Good luck Kevin!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Thanks Kevin.

Nice job.

Best of luck.

Johnny Slaw
Johnny Slaw

Good luck in the future. I've always found you to be fair and professional. It will be a loss for this blog

erika
erika

Thank you kevin, for all your hard work...and for putting up with us! Wishing you great things in the future!

Kevin Schultz
Kevin Schultz moderator Editor Emeritus

Thanks for all the kind words, everybody. So glad that you enjoyed reading the site. It's going to be weird stepping on the other site and reading everyday instead of writing! Hopefully the Islanders will be able to turn things around soon. 

bammer26
bammer26

Pat LaFontaine is returning to his work with the NHL. Confirmed by TSN.ca


And I would like to say a prayer for Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret. He's been been diagnosed with throat cancer. Jeanneret will begin treatment in the coming weeks and, according to a report from The Buffalo News, doctors have told the legendary broadcaster his cancer is at Stage 3 and he has an 85 per cent chance of recovery.


Anyone who's heard Rick call a game would think he's doing a header of the press box when Buffalo scores. He calls a very entertaining game and has been part of the Buffalo community and NHL for many years.


Rick, get well soon. You are one of the best...!    


http://youtu.be/KkXY5cvYu_M

Kevin Schultz
Kevin Schultz

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Much appreciated!

ivo
ivo

ciao amigo!

islesfan
islesfan

Appreciate the work you did filling Botta's large shoes.  You can be proud of your work.  Good luck in all your future endeavors.  


Anyone hear Snow on WFAN?  He was asked about Ho-Sang and before he talked about him, Snow just had to say that without the Montreal trade for Vanek, they never would have been able to trade for Ho-Sang.  I almost drove off the road when I heard this disingenuous a hole say that.  He trades Moulson, Vanek and our 2015 #1 pick for that 2nd rd pick and he's trying to fool people into thinking that it was some genius move that got us Ho-Sang.  This is the real Garth Snow.  I'm done with this thin skinned, arrogant for no reason, disingenuous fool.  

gowhale
gowhale

Thanks, Kevin. You did great picking up where Botta left off. Those were some big shoes to fill and you lived up to the task and then some. It can't be easy dealing with passionate and abused fans such as the Isles fan base, so thank you for giving us a place to get the latest and to vent. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. I hope you're rewarded with some success on the ice. Go Isles!

Mario Gazzaneo
Mario Gazzaneo

Good luck Kevin. I hope the next "blogger" keeps up the good work. Keith and Christian, if they take your place, will do just fine in my opinion.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Haaa Haaa Barclay's state of the art...I cant say i agree.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Snow says he is not shopping for a top 5 defenseman.  Per his comments on wfan.  He is looking within.

dkdk
dkdk

Vic "... Happy belated Canada Day

dkdk
dkdk

He never reported to wangster

Don22
Don22

@puckznpadz I think you took that out of context.  What he was saying is that top D-men don't usually shake loose and if they do, the team selling wants a lot in return.  I think he has looked around but hasn't found anything that is worth while.  The biggest rumor we have heard here is Phaneuf, and I think we all agree we don't want that.  

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk- You sure about that? LOL...no black BMW, tinted windows, or large mansion. 


On a different note, any thoughts on the stockpiling of the forwards currently employed? Trade, or just more questionable issues for the "development" of Strome and Nelson?

bammer26
bammer26

@orange2327 - Ray Bourque got beat bad on the Brad May goal...playing defense and getting had on a deke thru the legs is the worst..AND I'm talking from personal experience...!

firecappy
firecappy

@Don22 @puckznpadz I don't agree.  I would take Phaneuf in a New York second.  He is tough to play against and was a plus 2 on a shitty Toronto team.  Franson was a -20 on the same team.  In fact anyone I talk to would welcome Phaneuf in a second.  We don't have one single D man that is better than Phaneuf on our roster right now.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey boys ..... Happy 4th to all of you.

Bammer, to the naked eye one would think a couple of forwards go for a dman, but guessing what snow will do is anyone's guess. One thing my cousin mentioned that I never thought of (maybe he is more wang jaded than I) is now that we are over the cap floor and short of 2015 picks, is snow going to peddle someone like Frans for a pick? That would be awful. I love Frans so I want him to stay, but I understand to get you have to give and trading Frans brings an impact blue liner maybe you do it. But if you simply trim his salary for a pick......

But as far as trades lets all be real Bailey is not bringing back anything. Clutterbuck/Martin/Cizikas may have some value but they would need to be bundled for a stud prospect to get anyone impactful back. So I guess what I am saying is if we are making a hockey trade for a true dman, it probably means Frans going. And if that is the case it better be a really good player because Frans is VERY underrated. Very.

What are you guys thinking?

dkdk
dkdk

Yandle would work for me

dkdk
dkdk

We need at least one true vet back there that can play to help the kids.