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10:15 AM ET 02.13 | The Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme is all but certain to claim another victim: The Islanders. There will be no arena in Queens for Charles Wang or, more importantly, a potential buyer, to move the club to when the Islanders' lease at the Coliseum expires following the 2014-15 season. There will be no other arena in the area to house the Islanders, whose current owner has never once indicated he is amenable to discussing an alternative to his DOA Lighthouse project. The Islanders will be without a lease, the Islanders will be without an arena, the Islanders -- or the team currently known by that name -- will be in Quebec City, in a new arena almost entirely financed by taxpayers with dreams of bringing the NHL back to their wonderful city.

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February 13, 2011  10:33 AM ET

The better part of the Islanders team should be headed to Rikers.

I'm surprised at the fines and suspensions that were laid down. They were remarkably fair and appropriate. I'll take back some of the bad things I said about Campbell.

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February 13, 2011  10:49 AM ET

The Quebec Fighting French? Naw.

February 13, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The better part of the Islanders team should be headed to Rikers. I'm surprised at the fines and suspensions that were laid down. They were remarkably fair and appropriate. I'll take back some of the bad things I said about Campbell.

Campbell is still worthless, and his punishments have been horribly inconsistent throughout his tenure. I am glad it appears he did the right thing by the Ilses/Pens mess, but even a blind squirell can find a nut

February 13, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The better part of the Islanders team should be headed to Rikers. I'm surprised at the fines and suspensions that were laid down. They were remarkably fair and appropriate. I'll take back some of the bad things I said about Campbell.

I agree it was just punishment. Also I believe you were the Penguin fans who was bashing the homerism of the Pens announcers call from the fight...kudos. Here in the NY/NJ area we have a weekly hockey telecast on MSG with Devils, Rangers and Isles commentators talking about local teams but also around the NHL. They played the clip of the Pens announcers (and some of these guys are color commentators as well) and they all were ripping the Pens announcers and making fun of them for such terrible calling.

February 13, 2011  11:26 AM ET

You can't Believe anything the ny post publishes

February 13, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm surprised at the fines and suspensions that were laid down. They were remarkably fair and appropriate. I'll take back some of the bad things I said about Campbell.

He was a Penguin and Pens fans are never critical of Pens players...It's just not allowed.

February 13, 2011  11:41 AM ET

the Islanders -- or the team currently known by that name -- will be in Quebec City, in a new arena almost entirely financed by taxpayers with dreams of bringing the NHL back to their wonderful city.

Well that's only going to mess up the dynamics for Hockey Day in Canada...An odd number of teams will mean that one of them will be left out of the all-Canadian match ups. But worse, if Quebec gets a team, Toronto will want one too!!!

February 13, 2011  11:44 AM ET

Move the franchise, call them the Nordiques and run a lottery for the first person outside of Nassau County that notices.

February 13, 2011  11:49 AM ET
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Well that's only going to mess up the dynamics for Hockey Day in Canada...An odd number of teams will mean that one of them will be left out of the all-Canadian match ups. But worse, if Quebec gets a team, Toronto will want one too!!!

LOL! Back in my Buffalo days, used to look forward to cracking open a Brador and watching Hockey Night in Canada.

February 13, 2011  12:00 PM ET

To Burgh Fan, this is real hockey and sounds like you can't handle that the Islanders kicked the Penguins butts not only by score but with fists.
To us long suffering Islander fans who yearn the days of the 70's its nice to get excitement anyway you can get.

February 13, 2011  12:19 PM ET

One of the few games I missed this season...
1st, that wasn't real hockey. The Islanders had an agenda to basically sucker punch or attack any Penguin that got near them. I don't think they were expecting to take a big lead that quickly, but that just dumped gas on the fire anyways. So, they beat the crap out of the Wilkes-barre call ups and won a game. Enjoy the $100k fine. Enjoy golfing in April. Enjoy having your team leave.

February 13, 2011  12:20 PM ET
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To Burgh Fan, this is real hockey and sounds like you can't handle that the Islanders kicked the Penguins butts not only by score but with fists.To us long suffering Islander fans who yearn the days of the 70's its nice to get excitement anyway you can get.

It is really too bad the direction that franchise went. My earliest hockey memories were of that seventies dynasty.

February 13, 2011  12:38 PM ET

What about Atlanta you bunch of flaming idiots?

February 13, 2011  12:51 PM ET
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What about Atlanta you bunch of flaming idiots?

I recall the Atlanta Flames.

February 13, 2011  12:56 PM ET

the islanders are going to have one hulluva hoagie sale to pay off those fines.

February 13, 2011  12:56 PM ET

As a long time Islanders Fan, I will give you my take on the current situation of the Isles and i will do a second post about the Isles/Pens game. First, Long Island is a big enough market for a team and there are enough fans and LI'ers do love Hockey. The problem is the owner and the town of Hempstead. If they both weren't so stubborn on what they want and could come to compromise on a new arena/facillities then the team would be able to attract top Free Agents. Tell me one player who wouldn't want to play at a state of the art facillity that is 30 minutes from NYC, 20 minutes from beautiful beaches and is one of the best places to raise a family. Case in point Bill Guerin moved back to LI after he retired and currently lives in the very wealthy/beautiful town of Oyster Bay. If we could get a new arena and coupled with our rising stars the fans would come back. After the last 18 years of terrible teams and management it isn't a supprise that the fans have left. But we do come back. In the early 2000's when Wang took over the team things were looking up. We made the playoffs a few years in a row and the fans came back. Then the lockout happened and all the good was washed away. With all this talk about them moving and FA's not wanting to play here the fans have gottn tired of it and the constant rebuild. I do have one more thing to say about this... It wasn't to long ago that the Pens were in the same situation. I can remember Mario threatening to move to KC and the team being the laughing stock of the league. Now they have a new Arena, great players, a Cup and free agents want to go there. Why cant that happen for the Isles? And I do not appreciate the Pens fans with such small memories.

February 13, 2011  12:59 PM ET

one of the greatist hockey announcers of alltime has been relegated to radio. mike lange plays no favorites and calls them like he sees them. i didn't hear his take on the fights. it a shame all you hockey fans out there probably never hear him.

February 13, 2011  01:10 PM ET
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one of the greatist hockey announcers of alltime has been relegated to radio. mike lange plays no favorites and calls them like he sees them. i didn't hear his take on the fights. it a shame all you hockey fans out there probably never hear him.

I see your Mike Lange and raise you a Danny Gallivan.

 
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