Baseball fans across New York rejoiced on Friday as MLB owners approved the sale of the New York Mets to hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen. Mets fans are hoping the ownership change resurrects a franchise that has been stuck in mediocrity.
And there’s no better example of what a change in ownership can do for a franchise than the New York Islanders.
Sure it took some time for Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin to settle in and get the team and management they wanted in place, but the two have accomplished so much in their short time as owners. They brought in a hall of fame general manager in Lou Lamoriello and Stanley Cup-winning coach in Barry Trotz.
The Islanders are a team that is willing to spend money on big-name players and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993 this past season.
Ledecky and Malkin’s biggest accomplishment of all? Securing the Islanders a permanent home for the foreseeable future at Belmont Park. It was a task that often seemed impossible for past owners to get done.
Previous ownership groups have tried and come up short when it came to building the Islanders a much needed new home on Long Island. Ledecky and Malkin found a way to get it done.
It’s often said there is a different aura around the Islanders organization, and anyone who spends five minutes with the team can tell that’s absolutely true. As Mike Vaccaro wrote in the New York Post, “it would seem that the present ownership led by Jon Ledecky may well be the model for all other ownerships in New York and elsewhere.”
Not something Islanders fans are used to reading. Mets fans hope the Islanders good fortunes cane rub off on the Mets news ownership group now too.
National Hockey Now
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Around the Island
As fans wait for the 2020-21 season, there is plenty of excitement around the goaltender Ilya Sorokin and the impact he could have on the Islanders going forward. (NHL.com)
Arthur Staple spent the week going through his mailbag and answering Islanders fans questions. (The Athletic)
Could Ryan Pulock’s impending arbitration hearing force Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello to make some moves? (Eyes on Isles)
There are a lot of questions about how the NHL is going to pull off a season next year. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)