Four lonely playoff appearances in 15 years. Not one series victory in a decade and a half. The New York Islanders have almost done nothing but lose lately, and their plight is turning off even their most dedicated fans.
Attendance is down at the aging Nassau Coliseum, and the resulting lack of income has forced the team to steer clear of big-money free agents who would improve the on-ice product. Additionally, threats of relocation to Kansas City or elsewhere have left many doubting where the team will even play once their lease on Long Island expires in 2015. All of these factors have left a very dreary feeling in what was once a thriving hockey market.
Thankfully for Isles fans, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. A young core featuring John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner and others have given fans hope that the team can soon be contenders in a difficult Eastern Conference.
Even better, the franchise is closer to securing a new arena, and they might have one by Aug. 1. At least this year, however, the Islanders are looking at another long season. Here I look at the four main reasons this franchise has been a loser for the past 15 years.