New York Islanders: Things Getting Ugly for Islanders Nation
To put it lightly, Islander Nation is not happy. It is disgruntled, frustrated and irritated and rightfully so. Last Monday may have been the low of the offseason for the New York Islanders. They watched their crosstown rivals, New York Rangers acquire Rick Nash for, let's admit it, nothing.
A pair of third-line-caliber players in Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, a likely late first-round pick and a promising defenseman in Tim Erixon.
As if that wasn't enough of a thorn in the side for Islander fans, Newsday's Arthur Staple first reported that Lubomir Visnovsky filed a grievance saying that the trade to the Isles never should have happened. He argues that he had a no-trade clause and he never would have been traded to the Islanders in the first place.
Visnovsky said previously that playing for the Islanders was his first choice, followed by playing overseas in possibly the KHL. How quickly things have changed.
It was previously reported that the current Islanders team is likely the team they will go into the season with. That will be a tough pill to swallow for Islander fans. This team has continued to struggle to bring outside talent year after year and it's only getting worse. It caught lightning in a bottle twice with Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner. They turned out to be unique gifts for the Islanders that have helped the team stay afloat the past few years.
The last two waiver claims they used were on current goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and the previously mentioned Visnovsky. To put it lightly, neither of them wanted to be Islanders.
Whatever it may be, Islanders management needs to do something. Things cooled off momentarily when the Isles were rumored to be in the mix for players like Bobby Ryan and Shane Doan, but things are beginning to heat up again.
It seems like, for the past couple seasons, this has been a team of rumors with no action. Garth Snow and Charles Wang continue to come out and say it's all about the fans, just like they've said since day one of the rebuild that their goal is to build a team that is consistently competitive.
The frustration of the fans will only get louder. Management needs to do something before it's too late. The ugly attendance doesn't appear to improve much, if at all, this upcoming season. A move seems more necessary now more than any time in their history.
With a lease ending in 2015, and a Quebec arena opening in 2015, a move to Quebec is starting to look like the unpleasant future, especially for Islander fans.
Christopher Benini is a New York Islanders Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be followed here.
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