I sure did try over the years, writing this day was coming often. On 11/20/12 this website wrote, Nassau To Pick Coliseum Developer, Who Cares? here.
Now there is reason to care.
James Dolan’s Cablevision, Msg, Newsday have bid for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the company that did the song and dance they wanted the Isles to stay, now want their home arena in the future.
Make no mistake it would take a miracle for them not to win that bid.
Another entertainment venue to go with Hartford (tenant), Los Angeles Forum, Radio City, Beacon Theater, even Newsday to control the message. That’s what Dolan does.
When the NHL’s oldest facility, the Cablevision Garden (getting a 16.5m dollar check from the taxpayers each year) is done being renovated, they will turn their full attention to the Nassau Coliseum.
The Bids Are In:
This bid for the Coliseum will feature Charles Wang’s friend (future part landlord), Bruce Ratner vs Dolan vs Blumenfeld vs Master Developer of the HUB, Donald Monti.
Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowicz will likely support the Blumenfeld bid. (unless Hofstra expansion projects with biotech are part of the HUB or if Master Developer Monti has promised him that.)
Dolan will likely have another corporate naming sponsor like JPM Chase who are giving Msg 300m for internal naming rights, along with Cablevision money, and perhaps their own naming rights on the facility.
They will win the bid handily because most of these other people are looking for some public financing (or a referendum-like deal) which Nassau will not do, they just renovated a similar facility in age.
They only need to transfer the companies that renovated Msg to Long Island.
Plus they have a professional AHL hockey team all ready to cut into most of Charles Wang’s current family/kid season ticket NHL base, the Ct/Cablevision Whale with an expiring lease in two years.
Mangano will pick what can save his bid for re-election. Cablevision can give him the political contributions/positive press to help that. Tom Suozzi is a former Newsday employee after he lost to Mangano so that end is covered completely.
Counting on Mangano to be voted of office out for losing the Islanders? Not a prayer. Like referendum day, that’s a smaller minority completely indifferent to virtually the only municipality in New York/New Jersey (around the country/Canada) who did nothing to keep their professional sports team via taxpayers.
“It’s become obvious that Newsday columnist Joye Brown has some personal grudge or vendetta against Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. We all get that! However, it’s a shame that Newsday is allowing an editorial opinion on the news page without labeling it as such. The fact that Newsday, once one of the top five daily newspapers in the nation, condones this poor practice is disturbing as it lacks transparency by blurring the line between news and opinion.For me, my family, friends and associates, it appears Newsday is joining the ranks of the Star and the Enquirer. To place a column with Brown’s personal feelings on page 3, next to actual news stories – as a way of tricking the average reader into thinking they are facts – is yellow journalism at its worst. Ethical journalism calls for viewpoints in a separate section from the news because the two are supposed to be separate and apart. Accordingly, I am calling on the publisher of Newsday to end this practice immediately!”
For Kate Murray, the Rangers are exciting, it’s obvious what she wants, she will get her sixty percent as long as she does what the Joe Mondello machine tells her to do.
Wang will have veto power over the HUB site until 2015 per the LI Business News, but who knows if that could be negotiated as part of breaking his current lease early? Ratner vs Dolan will make for some very interesting games, and with the Islanders future television/newspaper coverage given the contention with the Nets ownership to say nothing of fights for events with Barclay’s currently going on 4/17/13.
Dolan’s long problems with virtually every NY/NJ team is well documented.
Wang has a binding lease until 2021 in Bridgeport, and Howard Saffan said the team is not going to move anywhere regardless of the Isles. He operates Webster Bank Arena which he just spent money renovating.
Charles Wang is not paying to repair the Nassau Coliseum anymore, unless Bruce Ratner has an ECHL hockey team included as part of his bid there will not be a New York Islander affiliate to put on the property.
Again, I have written this often, as long as Wang owns the Marriott, he needs revenue from people staying there who will go to the Coliseum, not an empty lot. He may even want Dolan to put his AHL team in the Coliseum so his hotel receives the related hockey business from fans/visiting teams he will lose in Brooklyn?
Wang picked Brooklyn to make Dolan keep paying him cable contract money, and for his legacy of not being the man to lose the Islanders. It’s a far from perfect plan for Wang to generate revenue, and those claiming luxury boxes are the revenue miracle learned nothing from the Smg lease that John Pickett did to go with teams in modern buildings losing money all over this league with full facility control, luxury boxes, and thousands of more seats than Barclay’s at this time.
Per the LIBN, David Winzelberg, in August 2012 Wang can veto any plan for the HUB/Coliseum here.
Wang’s newest lease for the Coliseum signed last year gives him a say in what eventually gets built around the rest of the property. The Hub’s master developer will have to build a tiered parking to make up for any of the 6,500 parking spots lost, and Wang can reject any plan he deems would “adversely affect the use and operation” of his Long Island Marriott hotel and the Coliseum.
“It’s a perfect fit for me,” said Pellerin. “I mean I’m familiar with many people on the staff at Bridgeport. My coaching style is in line with what Garth was looking for to fill the post. My role is going to develop players on the minor league level, win as many games as we can and, to help our players reach their goals.”
Anyone who reads New York Islander Fan Central, knows I’m loyal to coaches, staff likely more than most. A minor league coach in the best of circumstances during a normal season has to work with many roster changes to the degree what happens is completely out of his control.
Scott Pellerin, unlike his predecessor in 29th place at the end of 2011, has had the most favorable of circumstances.
Based on what I have seen/read, or listened to since October, I do not believe Scott Pellerin should be retained for 2013-14 by Islander management to coach the Bridgeport Sound Tigers beyond this season.
The Islanders owned man games lost to injury for many years. and did not struggle in Bridgeport to this degree with a taxi roster of players when games were in the balance. Kevin Poulin allowing three or more goals in 11/15 games?
Absolutely Pellerin deserves some credit for individual performances like Niederreiter (first half) he seems far less engaged around the puck in second half (perhaps injuries on his line or a full season wear) Brock Nelson, John Persson, and Johan Sundstrom with Matt Donovan, Aaron Ness.
Too many times this team did not seem ready or play like a unit, despite it’s talent, on a team during a lockout until mid-January, that did not recall many players. The critical moment breakdowns, or games other teams just outplayed them with two points in balance, or important games this team simply did not show, and a little too much complaining over some bad calls do not reflect well at all on Scott Pellerin.
That includes the trade of Jack Combs to another AHL team, and sending of Chad Costello to the ECHL (so defender Jordan Hill can play forward?) with Costello pulling no punches in calling out Pellerin, which seems another first for a Bridgeport coach to be criticized by a player like that.
Garth Snow is accountable for this as general manager.
There are five games left in Bridgeport’s season, playoffs are highly unlikely given math, but this is about talent that did not grow into a team, under circumstances far better than many past Sound Tigers coaches have been given.
I did not even advocate for a change from Dan Marshall. This was Pellerin’s first chance coaching after being an assistant in Manchester for six seasons, it was not an off the radar selection to pick an AHL assistant with one team for a long time, that made five playoffs in six years under Mark Morris.
Regardless what happens from here with Islander prospects down the stretch, I believe this team needs a coaching change for 2013-14.
New York qualified Koskinen last summer, and will need to do so through June 2015 if the club wishes to retain his NHL rights. That does not cost anything, however Koskinen was the first overall goalie selected in his draft class so it’s looking like a pick that will not work out or has moved on for good. During his time in North America he was frequently injured, however showed some flashes of his ability at all levels.
Anders Nilsson is signed for next season, however illness has taken virtually all of this year from him (he’s healthy enough to backup now for Bridgeport now) it could also mean the second goaltender drafted very high that summer (the only prospect anywhere) to receive a first round contract (Nilsson makes practically same money as Ryan Strome) could turn out to be another big miss on the draft front.
Kevin Poulin needs to be resigned this summer, and has struggled in the AHL. Only management knows how things play out with DiPietro, who’s finally proving durable if nothing else on the AHL worst defensive team most of the year.
Not much to write about the Sound Tigers playoff chances that was not written about recently. Another devastating loss is followed by a win that keeps the conversation going, but without six of seven wins in the remaining games, it’s highly unlikely. Too many teams in front of them.
Defensively the frequent breakdowns still happen, but the addition of Strome, the return of John Persson, Sundstrom, Ullstrom with the standout play of Brock Nelson, it’s a team that can also finally score some power play goals after a franchise record setting slump. Niederreiter has not had a strong last few months where he’s dominating the puck when he’s on the ice, but management may want him to concentrate on learning the defensive game.
Most recent games Bridgeport is getting the better pressure.
The loss of Jack Combs offense has hurt given what he did last weekend. Kirill Kabanov has landed on the bench in what looks like a lost season after injury where Scott Pellerin has pushed for more from him.
Individually Matt Donovan is producing at a very high level for the Sound Tigers.
Islanders website: Announced Scott Mayfield has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal. Mayfield will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on an Amateur Tryout Contract.
Another early college prospect signing by Garth Snow. The 6/1 clock continues for Theoret, D Kichton.
On paper between Reinhart, Donovan, deHaan, Ness, Pedan, now Mayfield in Bridgeport, with Strait, Hickey, Finley, Carkner, Visnovsky, Hamonic (rfa), MacDonald under contract to New York for 13-14 the depth chart screams they are running out of spots for Kichton/2012 drafted defenseman from CHL, who will have to be signed by 6/1/14 or defenders from college ranks down the road.
This does not even include qualified, Mark Katic, or Ty Wishart or some of the current defenders in Bridgeport.
Islanders website: Announced that Andrey Pedan has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal. Pedan will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout agreement.
Pedan had to be signed by 6/1/13 or the Islanders would lose his rights. Mitchell Theoret, Brenden Kichton, and Cody Rosen (8/15/13) deadline are the remaining prospects that need to be signed this summer for the club to retain their rights.
Bottom line, New York got one of their highest rated prospects signed unlike those who submitted letters, and signed elsewhere. Lee will be a restricted free agent next summer. (worse case)
Islanders website announced that Ryan Strome has been reassigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.
Sound Tigers twitter account reported Strome will wear #18, he practiced with Niederreiter/Nelson, and commented on joining Bridgeport.
Agent Neil Sheehy had the only comments so far on the signing via twitter, and like Islander prospect, Brendan Kichton, had some criticism for the media which again screams Arthur Staple of Cablevision another NHL owned team at Newsday.
More importantly Sheehy, said this is a no-move contract, which means little if Visnovsky at some future point wishes to be traded. Bottom line another player comes here, finds it a place they wish to be, and resigns which say everything about how this franchise is run.
Yes, if Visnovsky decides to retire (or play at home) the Islanders have themselves a cap hit with no player.