How not to run an NHL franchise

New York Islanders

Before the lockout, I had season tickets for the Isles. Those were the days before you had to decide whether to put food on the table or pay for gas and the MTA tolls. I’m sure you can find a bunch of blog notes and articles about how poorly this franchise has been managed, specifically after the 2002 season. Watching them last night stink the NVMC out against the Dallas Stars, all I could feel was pity. Pity for the season ticket holders as well as the collection of players who are going to get run out of the rink most nights. Sure there was a smattering of boos at the end of the first period but most fans were either too bored or numb to emote. Thank goodness for NHL Center Ice which provides the opportunity for me to enjoy NHL caliber hockey instead of watching what my favorite team has become.

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