Photo: Nassau Coliseum in NHL 15


Wang wants to move Barroway suit to Nassau County

Charles Wang wants to move Andrew Barroway’s lawsuit from Manhattan to Nassau County (Baumbach, Aug. 27).

Wang was hit with a $10 million lawsuit for backing out of a handshake agreement to sell the team to Barroway (NYDN, August 11).

Barroway claims that Wang agreed to sell the Islanders for $420 million, but backed out after the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion. Barroway claims that Wang tried to up the sale price to $548 million.

Wang recently agreed to a deal to sell a majority interest in the Islanders, the team said (IPB, Aug. 19).

The deal is to sell the team to Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, who will be minority owners for two years, after which they will assume majority control over the organization, the Islanders announced.

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Nelson deserves a shot on Isles’ top line


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Going into the 2014-15 season, the Islanders are once again in a position to have to find someone to play the wing on the top line.

It seems that the predicament of having to find a player to fill that role has become a new tradition with the team. The Islanders have options going into training camp, but team management seems likely to give breakout rookie Brock Nelson a shot at the job.

And the 22-year-old deserves the opportunity.

Nelson had a very good 2013-14 season. The former first-round draft pick made the team out of training camp over Ryan Strome, which some fans did not agree with. However, Nelson proved the doubters wrong by recording 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 72 games.

The rookie even earned time on the top line playing on the wing after Thomas Vanek was injured shortly after arriving on Long Island. Nelson re-emerged on the Isles’ top line as a center after John Tavares’ season ended early due to an injury suffered during the Olympics.

The Minnesota native preformed admirable during those stints on the top line and his teammates took notice. Tavares and Kyle Okposo both praised him during the team’s breakup day in April. Okposo even went as far to say that Nelson reminded him of Patrice Bergeron.

Having already played, and performed well, on the Islanders’ top line should be all that Jack Capuano needs to at least start Nelson there going into camp. His 2013-14 stats and the praise from his teammates only bolster his case.

Nelson has proven he is a smart hockey player, who uses his size to his advantage. He knows how to make plays happen and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Nelson’s goal production wouldn’t benefit from playing with Tavares.

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Shannon Hogan named new host and reporter for Isles’ broadcasts

010-Tigers-Shannon-HogaMSG Networks has hired Shannon Hogan to take over as anchor and reporter for the Islander broadcasts this season.

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, since word leaked on Twitter that Hogan would take over the job earlier this month. She replaces Peter Ruttgaizer, who held the position for the previous three seasons.

Hogan joins the Islanders telecast after four years at Fox Sports Detroit, where she covered the area’s three major professional sports teams and college sports. She has also covered the 2010 US Open, 2010 World Series and the 2014 Winter Classic. Hogan was also the recipient of a Michigan Emmy Award in June for her work at Fox Sport Detroit.

“We are excited to welcome Shannon Hogan to the MSG family,” Daniel Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks, said in a press release. “Islanders fans will appreciate Shannon’s enthusiasm, charisma, and love of hockey for the team’s final season at Nassau Coliseum.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the MSG family at such an exciting time for the network and the Islanders,” said Shannon Hogan. “It will be fantastic working with a franchise rich in tradition and a young team on the rise. During my four years with Fox Sports Detroit, I had the pleasure of working with some of the best managers, coaches, players and analysts in the business. My experience with the Islanders and MSG will add many more people to that list. Interacting with Detroit’s passionate fans was a pleasure and I’m looking forward to a great relationship with the Islanders fans. I can’t wait for my adventure in New York to begin!”

Oh Yeah…2004: Rangers/Islanders Brawling

The Rangers-Islanders rivalry hit a flashpoint in 2004, when multiple games ended in bench-clearing brawls.

Oh Yeah… takes viewers on a trip down memory lane by re-visiting the most entertaining, offbeat, and perhaps forgotten local sports topics over the past 40 years with each episode devoted to a specific year. New episodes air Sundays at 10 p.m. on SNY.