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Report: Wang’s Buyer is Ex-Devils Bidder

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

It only took a weekend for word to come as out as to the (reported) identity of the bidder that is in talks with owner Charles Wang to buy the Islanders.

According to the New York Post, Wang is in talks with Andrew Barroway to buy the Islanders and it looks like Wang could get the $300 million price tag he has been asking for if the Montreal Canadiens make the playoffs the team hits specific revenue targets. The Post writes that Barroway is prepared to shell out $225 million for the team with the remaining $75M pending hitting those revenue targets.

The Post also has another interesting nugget; the yearly lump some the Islanders will receive from the arena agreement with Barclays Center will be $50 million per year, according to the paper. If you recall, the Islanders will not see much, if any, concession, ticketing and merchandise revenue in their new home. Instead, they’ll receive the yearly lump sum payment from the Barclays Center and the arena will pocket the variable yearly income from the different revenue streams. The arena will also manage the team’s business operations side, suggesting the only expenses the team will have are limited to hockey operations and player salaries.

So, who is Andrew Barroway?  To read more of this story, click here

Islanders 2, Devils 1 (SO): Nilsson and Nielsen Help Lead Isles to Win over New Jersey

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Nilsson kept the visiting New Jersey Devils to just one goal and Frans Nielsen secured a 2-1 Islander win in the shootout Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The victory was the Islanders third in their last four games and they have secured at least one point in the same span. The win also prevented the Devils from gaining ground in the playoff hunt, as they sit three points back from eighth in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think we gave them much,” said Islander coach Jack Capuano. “To have success you have to play your system. You have to play structured hockey. You have to play discipline hockey and I the guys are coming up and doing a good job.”

The Islanders controlled much of the first period. They outshot the Devils 9-2 in the opening period and outhit them 19-4. However the game remained scoreless until 2:12 into the second period. Nielsen drove to the net and the puck found its’ way past Cory Schneider and into the net to give the Islanders a 1-0.

New Jersey evened the score at one roughly eight minutes later off a rebound goal from Adam Henrique, but it would be the only goal Nilsson would surrender the rest of the game. He finished the game with 23 saves on the night — which included several big stops in the third with the Devils pressuring — and a save percentage of .958.

“It’s nice to bounce back with my game a little,” Nilsson said. “I tried to play a little calmer and I felt a difference in my game today. The guys helped me out a lot today. They didn’t have a lot and the shots they had were from the outside.

“The guys made it easy for me to play cause I saw most of the shots.”

In the shootout Nilsson stopped Henrique and Patrick Elias. Nielsen scored in the shootout using his well known backhand shot and Brock Nelson scored as well.

“You gotta get [the puck] all the way up over his glove,” Nielsen said about his shootout move. “It’s not easy, but it’s been working. So I might as well keep doing it.”

The Islanders return to action on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers at the Coliseum.

Game Day (74): Devils at Islanders, 7pm

(31-28-14)                (28-35-10)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Devils… The Devils are five points out of a playoff spot. … Patrick Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils vs. the Isles. In 83 career games agains the Isles Elias has 83 points (32 goals, 51 assists). … New Jersey is 2-0-1 against the Islanders this season. … Cory Schneider will start for the Devils… 

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders host the Devils for the third and final time this season at Nassau Coliseum, and while the game does not have any playoff implications for the Islanders, New Jersey desperately needs the two points.

Anders Nilsson will try to keep the Devils from leaving Long Island with a win. Nilsson has seen action against New Jersey, but has not recorded a win or loss against them this season. Cory Schneider, who is starting for the Devils, is 1-0-0 this year against the Islanders.

The last time the Devils made a trip to Uniondale they defeated the Isles 6-1. Jaromir Jagr, who recorded his 700th career goal in the win, along with five other players scored for New Jersey that day.

In their last 10 games the Islanders have gone 5-3-2, while the Devils are 4-5-1 in the same span.

John Persson will make his home debut when he takes the ice on Saturday. Persson made his NHL debut on Thursday in Tampa Bay and is the fourth rookie to do so this season.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposo de Haan-Hamonic Nabokov
Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nilsson
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Czuczman
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner

Charles Wang statement on the Islanders potentially being sold

Islanders owner Charles Wang released a statement (Arthur Staple) about the rumors that he may sell the Islanders:

“In recent months, there have been numerous expressions of interest in the purchase of the New York Islanders. As I have consistently stated, I have been and remain willing to listen. However, potential buyers expressions of interest in the team or even my listening to them does not mean that any deal will be reached.”

Wang is reportedly asking for $300 million. (SBJ)

Preliminary Thoughts on Charles Wang’s Potential Sale

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Last night a TSN Insider – the one without strong connections to a Toronto-based team and not in the business of getting people riled up about the Islanders for no good reason – broke a story that Islanders owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell his majority stake in the franchise.

Bob McKenzie, if you remember, is also the same person who broke that the Islanders would be moving permanently to the Barclays Center after the team had, one October morning, unexpectedly announced a press conference at the venue.

When the Islanders announced the move to the Barclays Center, it came out of nowhere. The press conference’s aim was spoiled before it started but other than that it was a well-kept state secret. There were no leaks leading up to the course of action, no breaks in the press that the move was imminent or to be announced in the coming days. That’s how I always imagined a sale of the team, if Wang chose (chooses?) to sell, would work. One day we would all wake up and ta-da, that’s it. No advanced warning. Well, that sort of happened today.

After nearly 15 years of owning the Islanders – and coincidentally the amount of time an owner has to depreciate the purchase price of a team under IRS tax law – Charles Wang may be looking to move on from the Islanders, according to McKenzie.

With a new era already set to begin as the team moves to Brooklyn, this would make for a doubly new era in Islanders history.

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Report: Wang in Talks to Sell Isles

Islander owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell a majority stake in the team, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The NHL insider sent out a tweet just after 12 a.m. Friday morning reporting that the long time owner was looking to sell.

No further information was reported following the initial tweet.

Lightning 3, Islanders 2 (SO): Tampa Wins in Round 13

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It took thirteen rounds of the shootout for a victor to emerge from the Islanders / Lightning game tonight. In Round 13, Tampa’s Sami Salo scored to seal the victory for his club. Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Colin McDonald and Casey Cizikas all scored for the Islanders in the extra session.

The first period went goalless but it took only 29 seconds for the Lightning to get on the board after the first intermission. Newly acquired Ryan Callahan deflected in a point shot from defender Radko Gudas to make it 1-0. The Islanders would answer just over a minute later when Ryan Strome scored his fifth of the year at the 1:33 mark from a sharp angle. Matt Donovan would put the Islanders ahead halfway through the period. Nielsen made an excellent feed from behind the net with his back turned to Donovan in the slot, who was able to put it in with a diving effort.

In the third, Callahan notched his second of the game off a rebound of an Eric Brewer shot. The teams would remain deadlocked until things were finally settled in the shootout’s 13th round.

The Islanders had 10 rookies in the lineup for this game: Strome, Nelson, Donovan, Mike Halmo, Anders Lee, John Persson, John Sundstrom, Anders Nilsson, Calvin de Haan and Kevin Czuczman.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 29 of 31 non-shootout shots. Matt Donovan had a goal and an assist and was +2.

Islanders recall John Persson

The Islanders have recalled John Persson from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on an emergency loan, the team announced.

Persson, 21, has 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in 43 games with the Sound Tigers this season. The Ostersund, Sweden, native’s 12 goals and seven power-play goals lead all active Sound Tigers.

This is Persson’s first NHL call up.

Game Day (73): Islanders at Lightning, 7:30pm

(27-35-9)                (39-24-9)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Lightning… At the deadline veteran Marty St. Louis requested a trade and was moved to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks… Mattias Ohlund is the only major injury for Tampa that will miss tonight’s game… Eight players have 10+ goals for Tampa this season, led by Valtteri Filppula with 24… Ben Bishop is the confirmed starter for tonight…  

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Tonight is the 10th-to-last game of the year for the Islanders as they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay. As is tradition the tendency of Jack Capuano, there will not be any changes to the lineup after Tuesday night’s win in Carolina. The rest of today’s post is a combined Game Day/ Morning Skate. Lineups are after the jump.

The Islanders have had a number of players only meetings this season — we were keeping count on Twitter earlier, I think the number may be four. Justin Bourne of the Score weighed in on the topic after the division-leading Penguins had a meeting of their own earlier in the week. It’s interesting to read about it from a former player’s perspective, a side we usually don’t get to hear.

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