Rescue The New York Islanders
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We, the loyal New York Islanders fans, petition the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman to step in and implement major changes to the situation regarding the team's ownership, financial decisions, lack of accountability, and dedication to the fans.
Since Charles Wang purchased the New York Islanders in 2000, this beloved franchise has been in a downward spiral. Leaving out the actions of Mike Milbury, Charles Wang and current GM Garth Snow's "rebuild" has made almost zero progress since being brought into office. This has been going on for the better part of eight years, with nothing but head scratching moves that leave the fans wanting answers. As the sole reason why this team earns any revenue, us fans do not deserve to be treated with such disrespect.
We are one season away from losing our team, the only professional sports team on Long Island, and while a large part of that burden rests on Nassau County's shoulders, a more successful team would have generated more revenue, which would have made the County's decision a more difficult one. The last thing we want to do as fans is leave our players with an empty building on game night, because that reflects badly on us, but we also do not want to put any more money into this when there is being no effort made to reciprocate.
There is no reason why we still don't have a goal tending plan for the future. There is no reason why our coaching staff is still behind the bench. There is no reason to continuously have to reach the cap floor. There is no reason for a team with such talent to be playing for a draft pick once again. Lastly, there is no reason for this to continue.
As fans in one of North America's largest media markets, please don't ignore our request for action. This is our last hope.
One of many very disgruntled fans