There has been a lot of gloom and doom talk in the media and among Islander fans about the team's future. To a certain extent, that is understandable. The team has had an unexpectedly bad season after a very promising start.
Also, the Lighthouse project that was supposed to finance a badly needed new arena has been rejected by the Town of Hempstead and, in the wake of Town Supervisor and Islander nemesis Kate Murray's overwhelming re-election last year, that decision seems sure to stand. More recently, Governor Patterson has declared Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's idea of the Shinnecock tribe building an arena for the Islanders a non-starter.
Given that the Lighthouse has been effectively dead for over a year, it is frustrating for Islander fans that owner Charles Wang has not articulated a post-Lighthouse vision for the team. This only lends credibility to journalists who suggest that Wang's only interest in the team is as a means to further his investment schemes. I believe they are wrong, but Wang's silence makes it hard to argue with them.
All Islander fans hope that Wang will soon enlighten them as to his post-Lighthouse plans. But, notwithstanding the way the Islanders' season has gone to date, there are many reasons for Islander fans to be thankful this holiday season.