New York Islander fans have gone through a lot of adversity, as have the players. We poor fans don't even know if our beloved Islanders will still be in New York once their lease expires in 2015, let alone on Long Island.
Possible destinations for the Islanders are Kansas City, Quebec, Queens or Suffolk County. Obviously, we want our team to stay right where they are.
Things have looked grim since August 1st, when the Lighthouse Project got voted down.
I'm going to vent my frustration with Kate Murray and Charles Wang. The team and fans never should have been in that situation. Getting the project passed would've helped benefit the economic situation in Uniondale. Instead, when Wang offered to pay it all himself, Murray turned it down. And Wang should have made more of an effort to do what's right for the team and Islander fans.
But that aside, there's still a glimmer of hope. A star. A hockey star named John Tavares.
Drafted back in 2009, Tavares has become loved among Islander fans already. Night in and night out, he has played with real strength and grit, and has poured his heart into every moment in which he's held the puck on his stick.
The solid play of Tavares and sniper Matt Moulson have created an amazing NHL scoring duo. Their play has brought more fans into the Coliseum.
Tavares can still become much better, as good as he already is. Some have described Tavares as having unlimited potential.
He hasn't reached it yet.
In the next few years, we may see Tavares' game drastically improve. We already saw a major improvement from last season. I can't wait to see how it is in a couple more years. Say before, I don't know, 2015?
If Tavares can become a 40-goal, 80-point scorer, he will bring many more fans to Islander games. More fans means more money. More money means a better chance for the Isles to stay in Nassau, once a new arena is confirmed.
Personally, I just want the Isles to stay in New York, at least. Me and many other fans would be torn and angry if the Isles were moved out of state, or even out of country. Whether the Isles stay in Nassau (preferably), or move to Suffolk or Queens, they need to stay in New York.
John Tavares can lead the Isles and their management to do what all the team's loyal fans deserve.