Sorry folks, it’s completely pointless to keep repeating the same entries from early October that saw this coming even before the injuries. Capuano’s firing or Garth Snow dismissal changes nothing.
For now they will sink with the veterans like Carkner, Martinek, Bouchard, Regin, Clutterbuck. Eventually Nelson, with more prospects (who were not Capuano’s in Bridgeport) will become regulars.
Everyone’s doing their best, it’s not nearly enough.
It will only get worse.
If Snow were smart, he would do everything possible to resign Andrew MacDonald immediately because he’s not replaceable (just as Mark Streit was not replaceable to this organization) and make his best effort to lock up Vanek.
No individual would spend any more than Charles Wang has or purchase the team in this market with no taxpayer/corporate support as every other team receives to fund their payroll for the privilege of losing fifty million dollar or more every year for the max payroll some demand.
No owner of this franchise can ever give you that.
You want max payroll/front-loaded signings from Charles Wang or any future Islander owner they need the taxpayer money/Lighthouse projects that other teams received or are getting quietly approved. (Edmonton, Detroit)
Wang should not be happy with the results for what he spent on Bailey, Grabner, Hamonic, Clutterbuck, however he should be thrilled with the below market based signings for Tavares/many others vs Wisniewski, Ehrhoff, Richards, Lundqvist.
They all demanded huge front-loaded money.
After fifty five goals in two years Michael Grabner should be producing. Bailey’s drop off is stunning but perhaps all the changing positions finally caught up with him?
I cannot improve on what was written earlier because a free fall was expected (even before Visnovsky was injured) & a three win November was projected.
The problems are not fixable because the defenders needed to change the biggest weakness are not available in trade (the entire league of quality players are pending UFA, a NTC/NVC) or ready to play at this level.
Want aging veterans? Go ask Florida how much signing Brian Campbell or Ed Jovanovski helped?
My suggestion would be to read the Sept-Oct entries here again because unfortunately it played out exactly as expected even back to last summer.
There is nothing else left to write.
Pat Lafontaine’s Hiring: Old/New/Selective/Rules For Inexperienced Candidates/Owners/Media? Bridgeport Changes
Other than being very disappointed at one of Bill Torrey’s proteges in Darcy Regier’s, sixteen year tenure ending with Buffalo, I’m thrilled for Pat Lafontaine/Ted Nolan, and wish them the best of luck.
However what happened reaffirmed a lot of things, the biggest being NHL owners really have no clue on hiring executives which explains why most of them hate making a change in the first place.
Also that hockey media have the same selective standards as owners depending on the individual hired regardless of experience.
Many owners likely rely on the NHL for advice in these matters which is why Lafontaine’s Oct 2013 unspecified job with the NHL lasted almost to the day (42) as his tenure with the Islanders in 2006 before Sabres owner, Terry Pegula, made a decision.
It’s not unreasonable to suggest with Lafontaine’s move back to Buffalo, the league advised Pegula or he got to know Lafontaine since he purchased the club.
Of course the question there is did Lafontaine go unconventional hiring Ted Nolan as a coach (interim) or did Pegula go against the school of thinking that kept teams from hiring Nolan aside from Charles Wang, and hire Nolan with Lafontaine?
Likely a question the media will not touch.
Of course we would see a completely opposite reaction if Charles Wang hired Denis Potvin (experienced broadcaster) to be the Islanders President, Mike Bossy (experienced corporate relations) to replace Garth Snow, and Bryan Trottier (experienced head/cup winning assistant coach) to replace Jack Capuano.
There is no Central Scouting for owners when it comes to hiring team a team executive or the person entrusted with running the hockey operation. Most are corporate billionaires, some throw money at the biggest name/resume, others take a chance from experience built over years, some internal, while others hire the people/players they become friends with.
It was obvious Charles Wang did a terrible job struggling to find a general manager from January to June in 2006, however he corrected his mistake, and his team qualified for the playoffs. His current general manger signed John Tavares for less than James Wisniewski/Ehrhoff/Richards (countless others) which is why win or lose in 2013-14 he should retain his job to go with the comments of the players themselves who all made clear they like being part of this organization, especially the ones who would supposedly never report here, but enthusiastically resigned.
This is why Garth Snow earns his paycheck.
When an exeutive is a problem (rare) for an organization, it usually results in many of them not being hired elsewhere. Obviously Neil Smith comes to mind.
And like general managers in trades some owners do not give much help/advice to other owners, some even want compensation.
As for team President Pat Lafontaine, I would love to be in the room when his 1991 version sits down, and is told by a player agent, I will not resign with the Sabres under the current ownership regardless of any contract offer.
“I expect they’ll offer us something, but I don’t expect it will resolve anything,” said Meehan. “What Pat wants from them is to be traded; nothing’s changed.”
This was with an ownership which financed four Stanley Cup Championships, with a general manager, named Torrey, a coach named Arbour.
Of course a decade later Mr Torrey joked about it on ice when Charles Wang honored him, before honoring Lafontaine 11/8/2003 at the Coliseum with a pregame ceremony days after his NHL Hall of Fame induction.
Does Pat Lafontaine’s experience merit being an NHL team President?
I do find it fascinating the same media who roasted Snow’s appointment to Islanders general manger now simply dismiss it as “neither have others” when the question of Lafontaine’s experience comes up.
We have hybrid icing, and now hybrid media.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced Wednesday 11/13, that they have signed forwards Chris Langkow and Sean Wiles to professional tryout contracts (PTOs). The team has also loaned forward Greg Miller to the Stockton Thunder (ECHL). Finally, the New York Islanders have reassigned forward Kirill Kabanov to Bridgeport while reassigning forward Jason Clark to Stockton.
The odds of Thomas Vanek resigning here are very long, he declined to be the one of highest paid players in the league to resign with Buffalo to play with their young players.
Vanek’s going to have to wait for Donovan, Ness, deHaan, Reinhart, Pullock to develop, along with the rest of Garth Snow’s long list of prospects.
Let’s also look at the history of these signings (now limited to eight years) how many of them end with a winning team/Stanley Cup long-term vs the Brad Richards, Elias, Yashin, Kovalchuk, Bryzgalov, Wisniewski, Jeff Carter/Mike Richards, Robert Luongo, Dany Heatley?
I could list fifty or more players over the years even before when free agency was age 31. Msg/Comcast could stock a league with those players. The AHL may need a lockout before the Rangers are done sending veterans there.
How many fans are thrilled Ryan Smyth did not take the Islanders offer? Colorado/Kings could not get rid of him fast enough, same with Jason Blake.
Feeling terrible about Ehrhoff turning down that twenty million offer that one day he was an Islander? How about Paul Martin, who has struggled in Pittsburgh?
Within a year or two most organizations regret these contract, are stuck with it, or only can move the player because the contract was massively front-loaded?
A success story? I cannot think of many. Chara had to move on again from Ottawa to Boston, and lost his 3-0 series lead vs Philadelphia before winning his one cup with Boston.
Joe Thornton’s been a fantastic player in San Jose, not even close to a Stanley Cup.
Charles Wang will almost certainly have to front-load his first contract ever with no ticket revenue from the worst fan base in the NHL that provide him nothing but red-ink/lowest attendance.
Why would Charles Wang do that all over again for all the fan appreciation/season ticket increases it never brought him for Yashin, Peca, DiPietro, Tavares, countless others on the current club?
Vanek went from playing in front of 18,000 on a Monday night in Buffalo with a last place team, to an announced 10,000 that looks like seven thousand at the Coliseum for a team off a playoff spot.
It’s not even close to sold out on weekends either unless the Coliseum is filled with another teams fans.
Now Vanek’s going to a defense with zero even strength goals, that cannot hide it’s struggling defenders, and was struggling in their own zone with Strait/Visnovsky with nothing in Bridgeport to help this, and no more first rounders to upgrade?
Thomas Vanek’s going to sign up for that when there are veteran/corporate teams that will surround him with franchise veterans, as payrolls climb toward a hundred million by the end of this CBA.
So What’s The Worst That Can Happen?
1-Vanek leaves a competitive Islander team at the end of the season that fails to make the playoffs with no trade deadline return because they kept him, and continued to compete for a playoff spot.
That’s been the trend here with lesser talents.
Ok, so this means the Isles pick Buffalo now has is likely a 10-15 pick in a draft not very deep with Strome, Lee, Nelson (others) waiting for a chance. Kind of where Edmonton selected with the Islanders 2007 playoff seed at #16.
2-The wheels continue to fall off defensively, it is a lottery team, Snow get’s back his first rounder plus more at the trade deadline which is a big downgrade from that potential lottery pick, but salvages something.
That’s where I see this going.
Matt Moulson is an excellent hockey player with one skill set. (yes, I get doubled his five on five goals for Buffalo in one game) he may just want to return here (not likely) next summer, if he hits UFA after another trade.
That’s for July 2014.
Thomas Vanek brings a different skill set that will open more room on the ice for John Tavares, who’s not had any room to operate, even on the power-play with one goal.
Did anything Sunday improve Snow’s huge weaknesses on defense? No.
That’s why I believe we are looking at the worst of what can happen. Even the struggling teams in this conference can play some games where they give up two goals or less.
The Rangers, Devils, Flyers lose low scoring games. The 2013-14 New York Islanders have not demonstrated this ability unless the other team self-implodes or Nabokov keeps them close.
The five hundred record has been about special teams or players performing above their career resume, little else.
How did they go 11-1-2 a year ago? Defense, low/quality shots against, and a different line finding a way to produce.
That team is not this team in anything but name.
Summary of Charles Wang’s 10/24, 5pm interview on WFAN:
Most of this out of context, but wanted to post it for everyone. WFAN/Isles website will have link at some future point.
* It was Brooklyn or out of town, no other alternative.
* Did not comment on selling if club had left New York entirely.
* Tried to do everything to get something done with Nassau/credited Mangano, ran out of time.
* Felt fan base extends from Manhattan to Suffolk regarding lame duck status questions.
* Not contemplating getting out of lease early, not dwelling on it.
* Lease completed today at 7am in Brooklyn, said it was getting close.
* Cited season ticket base percentages (he did same in 2011 on WFAN) per area.
30 percent Nassau/30 Suffolk, rest inside NYC limits, Westchester.
* Discussed free agent problem, felt Brooklyn would help.
* Locker rooms would have to be built for hockey. Home/Visitor. (discussed Ratner working on that)
* Still has HUB interest Marriott/parcel next door, timing no longer viable for Islander hockey, but discussed Mangano’s RFP for developers he will work with, continuing dialogue, destination spot.
* Did not want to blame anyone for dropping ball, discussed everything tried over years.
* Name/colors/logo absolutely will be kept.
* Goal on ice is to win Stanley Cup.
* Feels going to Brooklyn brings revenue’s to help them compete.
* Will honor training lease with Iceworks as transition begins.
* Felt the New York Islanders continue to be New York Islanders and fans of Long Island will continue to care.
* Said an early exit possible but dialogue with Mangano, speculation.
* Does not know if any games in Brooklyn this year, citing having to honor Coliseum lease.
* Was very excited, light at end of tunnel, happy home for franchise.
Terms of the Cable Contract?
NY Times: Going back to 1998 we know how the Dolan’s reacted when they signed a new agreement until 2030 that gave the Isles eighteen percent of all Msg/Fox television revenue.
The Garden invoked a phony competition clause and pulled Islander games.
Cablevision recoiled at the possibility of paying the Islanders 18 1/2 percent of total FSNY-MSG revenues. In the talks, the team got an extension through the 2030-31 season, which features yearly payments rising from $14.8 million next season and $17.5 million in 2000-1 to $36 million in the final year, and the possibility of lousy performances causing a breach disappeared from the final contract.
In November 2004, the Devils no longer with Yankee-Nets resigned with Msg until 2023-24.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but officials on both sides said the deal will give the Devils substantially more than the roughly $8 million rights fee the team was to receive this season. In the past fans have complained when Devils games were broadcast on the Metro Channel, which is only available on Cablevision-owned systems. But Lamoriello said MSG and FSNY, owned by Cablevision, assured him that will no longer happen.
“In this agreement we were able to look at all areas to help the franchise,” Lamoriello said. “We wanted to ensure accessibility for all of our games to all our fans and we have a commitment to work that out.” “What we were able to work out was the best decision for the franchise going forward,” Lamoriello said. “Timing is everything in life.”
Note-That is one reason why the New York Islanders received one game on Msg last season, and zero most other years while the Devils appear frequently on Msg.
Guess that agreement did not cover playoff post-game road coverage for Lamoriello in 2012.
How Much Is That Until 2030?
Frankly, a full total of the cable contract has never been provided, nor have the Dolan’s discussed the numbers which they will not do in a publication they now own. We can low estimate if the number remained at it’s 2000-2001 level from 2012-13 at 17.5 million until 2029-30 that would come to 297 million, plus another 36 million for 2030-31.
333 million from this point forward if there has no been no increase since 2000-01, for years I listed the total around 300m so what I read in professional media could have been poorly done.
What Voids The Contract?
That’s easy, the franchise relocating out of their territorial rights area which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Suffolk, and a portion of Ct.
Four million when the Islanders joined the NHL in 1972, it’s likely worth a great deal more today, and especially to the Dolan’s if those those rights were vacated.
So What Does Charles Wang Do?
Charles Wang purchased the Marriott Hotel in 2005, he bought out Scott Rechler’s share in 2010, and the total cost was reportedly ninety million dollars at the time of purchase. He owns the abatement (walk of champions area) between the hotel and the Coliseum permanently.
He has no reason to ever move this team as long as he retains ownership, his actions in 2011 agreeing to a thirty year lease extension with a rent/revenue split, far worse than the deals ownership was offered in Edmonton/Phoenix (where owners get paid to manage facilities) made that very clear.
As to what he does now that’s easy, he’s not advertising any move/sale out of his territorial rights area because it means Dolan has no obligation to pay him anything. If he does decide to sell locally he’s going to want from a potential owner his share of that future cable contract money as part of the purchase price.
Perhaps he also wants a potential owner to purchase the Marriott as part of the package to keep the club on that site?
This does not even touch Wang’s ownership, management in Bridgeport until 2021 or the lease with Bridgeport to manage Webster Bank Arena which he renovated, with more city renovations planned in 2012 page 23.
What Will Dolan Do?
First off in 2001 it was reported the Knicks own territorial rights on Long Island here.
The Dolan’s needed Nets ownership approval in 1996 which is how the Nets got territorial rights in Brooklyn here.
Dolan’s going to see what Wang’s best offer is if he eventually sells, give him a big cable/territorial rights buyout to take the team out of his television market if an out of town offer equals a local offer.
Dolan’s not going to offer him anything if there is no competing offers from different markets where what he will offer Wang to take an outside offer the difference in his decision.
Sorry folks, if CharlesWang’s final decision is to sell the New York Islanders, he has every reason to make back every penny he invested in this franchise since the day he purchased it (not even counting his share of the 20m Lighthouse Project) and protect himself/family above anything else.
Having written this, I absolutely believe there are too many financial reasons for Charles Wang to retain the team at the Coliseum site permanently, and plenty of time based upon what’s happened in Pittsburgh or Edmonton, who’s lease expires a full year before the Isles.
On May 16th 2011, this blog posted an entry titled New York Islanders Will Never Leave New York.
On March 14th 2012, this blog posted an entry titled Total Support For Charles Wang.
I’m standing by those entries.
It’s almost fair to ask are the players developing here a better choice than who will make up a very weak UFA market again that opens at noon on Sunday?
But let’s take an outsiders look at how the New York Islanders likely will operate when the market opens.
The More Things Change……..The More They Stay The Same:
When Mike Bossy signed his final NHL contract in October of 1981 for what would be seven years/5.75m, he went into great detail in his book (Boss: “The Mike-Bossy Story page 140-144 “) about the negotiations between himself, agent Pierre Lacroix, and Bill Torrey, which involved Islander alternate governor, William Shehan, who was a senior adviser to the club until 2002.
A lot of basic things still apply in 2012.
In those days newspapers were a little more responcible with information.
It Does Not Take A Committee:
Let’s have a little fun, pretend we are in the Islanders offices with their charts of UFA players.
It’s meeting time as Snow, Morrow, Weight, Capuano, Klatt, whoever in the scouting department is making a list of who they want to sign/why?
Everyone goes around the table as they discuss each player, then come up with a depth chart which changes often.
No doubt Snow/staff are doing their due diligence, calling x team from gm/coaches/former players/trainers, even current Islanders to see if that player can help this franchise along with why they are becoming a free agent? Many reasons why players are available from salary to performance are well-known.
Charles Wang is likely on a speakerphone from somewhere, asking how much, why will he help the team to the point we should pay that player? Wang’s also had his meetings with Michael Picker, Art McCarthy, Paul Lancey, Howard Saffan to discuss a working budget to operate in New York/Bridgeport.
Everyone has their plan.
It’s not rocket science, the Islanders have their free agent depth chart, top contract figure to offer, the player/agent have done the same.
The market means one player makes a breakthrough salary wise, everyone wants a comparable salary.
Not everyone receives one.
Let Bill Torrey/William Skehan tell you about former owner John Pickett and how this business can wear on an owner or how much credit they used to receive. I have been hard on Pickett, and apprciate these comments more today.
“I remember once in the early ’80s, one of the few times my dad was ever quoted in the newspaper,” Brett Pickett said. “He was saying, ‘If I had my way, nobody would know who owns the Islanders.’ And that’s just how he preferred it.”
Still there was Charles Wang at the draft meeting the teams selections.
“I was a bit star-struck when he called me. I didn’t think they’d do that,” said the Vancouver native, “but it’s really cool that they’re already welcoming me.”
“I think my playoff run definitely helped. Being on a winning team can’t hurt and, I think, my play just kept picking up. I got a more intense, more physical, and just kept improving,” said the six-foot-four blue-liner. “I knew I needed to improve on that because, when I’m physical, I’m playing my best hockey.”
“I hadn’t talked to them much through the year, so for me to be picked here is quite a shock. I wasn’t really expecting to go anywhere. I was just having fun with the moment,” he said.
“Our organization is fortunate to have already developed a formidable young core, which gives us the flexibility to allow elite prospects like Griffin to develop,” Snow said. “He is a highly skilled defenseman who has been very impressive in his first two WHL seasons. Griffin’s size and defensive instincts will be another piece to help solidify our lineup for years to come.”
Will make several edits to this posting as more information becomes available.
New York Islander Fan Central will also be twitter/sulia/updating during day two along with the prospect blog.
Charles Wang did an interview on the Coliseum, and last years team in Dolan’s paper which I posted on Sulia.
What I can tell you is there are trends with each draft, one being there have been very few (at best) years where major trades for NHL roster players happen during a draft.
The salary cap, all players with NTC/NVC, if you are expecting major trades that is not the recent trend over many years beyond trading down/up with draft picks.
Do not count on a franchise player getting a call from the draft floor asking for immediate consent to waive his trade rights.
What you will likely see is what has become a trend pre/post draft, teams trading for the negotiating rights to an upcoming UFA as the Isles did with Ehrhoff.
Some players sign/others are determined to test the market.
The Edmonton Journal reported Monday the Isles exhibition game on Sept 27th vs Edmonton will be a split squad contest with one game at Rexall Place, the other at the Brandt Centre in Regina both starting at 7pm.
CBA pending of course.
I gave the Isles a little criticism sending a team of prospects/tryout players up to Quebec to be slaughtered by the Canadians regulars a few years ago, and more of these split squad games are popping up.
As for two organizations playing each other at the same time, there is no dramatic competitive advantage so I have no issue with this.
In the comedy department, the New York Daily News editorials that roasted the Isles referendum last summer because according to them no taxpayer handouts should be used on sports teams had a 6/17 Editorial that did nothing but praise the latest taxpayer cash grab to a sports team that already got one for their stadium.
Daily News a few days ago at least let one writer do an article on the truth which makes you wonder who does their editorials, and are they connected to the Mets in some manner?
Yes, I know you want Charles Wang to feel better by spending 60m dollars or more on a front-loaded contract for a franchise hockey player, but that’s not how life works. The man who settled on Madoff lawsuit got this shameful deal to go with all the other shameful local deals or tax exemptions given to local teams.
This deal not only levels a parking lot, but generational businesses.
You can bet Wang sees that the potential owner in Arizona will get seventeen million dollars direct from the taxpayers to be their new Smg in a modern building while Wang signed up for his deal last summer not making one dime for managing a new Coliseum with no development rights.
Wang/Rechler spent twenty million dollars on the Lighthouse, and did over two hundred meetings, Wang ran virtually every day last summer to fight for Mangano’s general fund cash grab over thirty years.
He has a right to be upset.
As for the NHL schedule a year ago it was released 6/23. I’m not sure what the league does if Arizona cannot do this deal (via Goldwater) or it’s potential owner does not have finances?
NY Post agenda:
Go cover the finals to ask Parise about joining the Rangers as often as possible.
Write as often as possible about the Devils financial issues.
Give them the minimal game coverage.
Devils deserved a lot better, but Mark Everson lived down to his nickname, New Jersey just as easily could have won.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6/18
Unlike the Islanders and Blue Jackets, there aren’t ample opportunities to make the NHL roster in this organization. If Simon Despres (above), had been drafted by the Islanders, he probably has at least 100 games of NHL experience already. With the Penguins, he has been limited to 18.
I guess the good news is so far the Gazette has not found one of the Isles dwindling summer games on Dolan’s network to be too offensive to show and complained to the NHL to stop it.
Does the Gazette even do enough research to know Despres was selected 30th in the same draft as Calvin deHaan (drafted 12th) both defenders yet deHaan’s played seventeen less games in the NHL?
The Pens also had enough ample opportunities to re-sign Richard Park last summer out of Europe after Fedotenko, Guerin played there. Aaron Asham also played there last season.
Bottom line the Gazette has enough problems covering the Pens.
NHL.com Isles prospect Robbie Russo invited to US Development Camp in August.
Utica Oberer Dispatch: Has a two part feature on Islanders radio announcer, Chris King, with the second half expected to be released Monday.
The New York Islanders/Charles Wang got one of those from Tom Suozzi around the time of the 2002 playoffs.
Mangano Showcases Arizona Iced Tea on.fb.me/LxqRdU
— Ed Mangano (@edmangano) June 5, 2012
Mangano is also throwing Mets baseball around again, not New York Islander Hockey.
Meanwhile in a place serious about keeping it’s sports team, even if this still needs some critical approvals, with virtually no time left before the league must make a decision before a 2012-13 schedule is released.
Tucson Citizen has official details of the proposed taxpayer financing where the Coyotes new potential owner will receive $325 million over 20 years to operate and make improvements to the city-owned Jobing.com arena, at the cost of more than $45 per resident each year over the life of the deal.
An Arizona Republic analysis of a draft released Monday by the city showed Glendale expects to collect less than half that amount via ticket surcharges, rent, sales tax and other team fees during the same period.
The Glendale City Council is expected to discuss the proposed agreement at a public workshop Thursday but the city has not set a time for the meeting nor has it scheduled a vote on the deal. A 4-3 council majority would be needed, and the vote is likely to come within a week.
The current deal allows potential Coyotes owner to keep all revenues to offset expenses and anything left over from the city’s arena fee of $10 million to $20 million a year will help run the hockey team.
I guess Islander fans should expect Charles Wang to respond by front-loading some player contracts?
In short, Arizona will vote on giving a potential team owner (not fifty year resident Charles Wang after two hundred million in losses over a dozen years/plus the Lighthouse time/effort/financial losses/referendum defeat) a deal better than the one Wang agreed to last summer for a thirty year extension, which had no development rights, or one where a potential Islander owner would not receive a check from Nassau every year to manage the Coliseum for a similar revenue split.
Glendale (if approved) will give all this to the next potential Coyote owner who has not paid a single Coyote player.
Also this is a modern facility.
Unlike Nassau, Glendale did not waste a year with a referendum to put a $ 45.00 charge on the taxpayers to partly finance this.
Glendale has also paid the NHL fifty million dollars to operate the franchise for the last two seasons.
I found it fascinating former assistant gm, Gordie Clark, had a mild shot at the Isles (I guess Mike Milbury) for one reason why he left long ago in 2012?
But of course we have the past articles/comments to fact check.
In June 2001, Milbury gave him the additional assignment of heading the Sound Tigers operation here after already having the title of Assistant GM of the New York Islanders.
In July 2000, Clark’s review of many former draft picks was dead wrong here.
In 1999 (guess who) praised Clark and the staff for the draft here with a ton of terrible choices, who then correctly praised Clark for Martinek here & made sure we knew Clark was the one who traded a top prospect for Adrian Aucoin here.
For those on Cody Rosen watch hourly, we did discover the original article where the Isles exchanged 9th round picks over dinner reservations here.
The best ninth round pick story is an Islander one. A few years ago
at the one in Boston, Harry Sinden had a dinner to go to so Gordie
Clark agreed to swap ninth round picks the next year so Sinden could
Clark did leave the organization days prior to the 2002 draft, over money and philosophy, and it was not pretty here.
Clark said he was “looking for more of a commitment” and cited a “difference of philosophy.”
And as it played out, Larry Brooks that summer took a cheap shot at the Isles for the dismissal, and I believe that article included a shouting match between Clark/Wang, after years of Brooks criticizing the clubs choices before he signed with Cablevision on 9/11/2002.
Mike Milbury got his final contract extension six days later here.
Followup On Botta/NY Times Tom Jolly Entry From April 2011:
@ChrisBottaNHL Congrats on the new gig, Chris!
— Tom Jolly (@TomJolly) May 17, 2012
Chris Botta @ChrisBottaNHL
@TomJolly Thanks, Tom! Thank you for the opportunity @nytimessports I loved it and hope to finish strong until end of NYR season.
Staged stories indeed. Funny a Dolan employee gone since June of 2002 had a comment on the Isles as former assistant gm, and the same day more cheap shots calling on current assistant gm, Doug Weight, not to become a sycophant as current assistant gm?
Charles Wang was in NYC for Smile Train on Wednesday while Dolan’s paper was writing about how Mangano needs to borrow money to pay him (and others) past refund tax money from 2006-07.