Isles Files: New Captain, New Arena Proposal
Media day came and went yesterday with a grand announcement: Mark Streit is the new captain of the New York Islanders.
The Swiss defenseman is the first ever Swiss captain in NHL history and is also the 13th captain in Islanders history.
My original belief was that the Islanders were going to consider giving the "C" to John Tavares, but once his contract extension was announced at a press conference with only the six-year deal to discuss and nothing else, I started to think more and more that Streit would be their man.
Streit carries veteran leadership, a respected presence in the locker room and is a contributor on and off the ice. He is the anchor of the blue line and in many ways the anchor of this hockey team. He will look to resume that type of character play after missing the past season due to injury.
He is the safe, logical candidate as it will avoid putting too much pressure on Tavares or Okposo, who were two other potential, younger suitors. He also brings international experience to the table as he was the captain of the Swiss National team in 2010, their Olympic team in 2002, and their World Championship team in 2009.
Streit was one of the alternate captains for the team for the past few years behind captains Bill Guerin and Doug Weight, the latter having since been retired and will be joining the Islanders coaching staff. Keeping Weight's presence on the bench will have tremendous value behind Mark Streit's new found leadership role. You got to like what the Islanders have done here.
In other news...
Newsday reporter Randi F. Marshall wrote an article yesterday that revealed a new arena proposal for the Nassau Coliseum.
Per the article:
"Architects, engineers, government officials and labor leaders Wednesday unveiled a $346.5 million proposal to renovate the Nassau Coliseum and turn the surrounding 77 acres into a sports-entertainment complex.
The site would include a minor league ballpark, a parking garage with room for 6,800 cars that would join the Coliseum and the Long Island Marriott, a new indoor ice rink for practice and public use, and 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. West Hempstead architect Angelo Francis Corva, who designed the plan, left about 25 acres on two parcels undeveloped for a future phase."
The rest of the article can be found here
Would this be the best case scenario for the Islanders?
My guess is that you aren't going to see a major move by Wang and Co. for some time. This could only be the first of a handful of proposals that may be discussed by then.
At the very least, fans can be cautiously optimistic about the fact that there are still people working at getting a deal done that would keep the Islanders here longer than just three more seasons.
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