NHL Notes: Isles move to Brooklyn, JD joins Columbus

October 25, 2012, by

Seeing as today is the NHL’s self imposed deadline for a full year, and seeing as how that is about as likely to happen as me hitting Powerball, I say we lighten the mood with two bits of relatively good news.

First, in case you missed in, the Islanders will be tenants in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as of 2015 for 25 years. That’s a whole lot of years, but it’s good news because it keeps the Islanders on the East Cost and –more importantly– in the Atlantic Division.

Why is keeping the Islanders in the Atlantic important?

Well, it is one of the best rivalries in sports, and it would have been a shame to see it go to Kansas City. But for a more selfish reason, I point to realignment. Realignment is going to happen regardless because of the Winnipeg move, but an Isles move to KC would have forced the league’s hand. And I have a sneaking suspicion that if the Atlantic loses a team, then the Caps wind up in the Atlantic. Call it a hunch.

The other good news is that good old JD landed himself a job with the Columbus Blue Jackets. JD was president of the St. Louis Blues and helped turn that team around before being let go in the middle of the Blues’ sale. Now he has caught on with the BJs, and hopefully he can help turn that franchise around as well.

He has some players he is familiar with there, as Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, and Fedor Tyutin are all in Columbus now. Add in Vinny Prospal and Tim Erixon, and JD has a good basis of former Rangers to work with. Columbus can be a great hockey market if that team is ever good. JD can seriously help in that manner.

Now then…is there a deal yet?

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  1. Walt says:

    Good for John, he is a solid hockey man, and if there is any person who can change the fortunes of a team, it is JD! He knows it from playing, broadcasting, and being a top office man. Columbus could very well be a good team in the near future.

    Now to the fishermen from the island, it’s a good move for Wang, the Rangers, and the division. I wonder if there is any compensation being made to the Rangers for having such a dirtbag team moving into their geographical area? Maybe we can get a few draft picks, or players, or both. Just wondering out loud if the Dolans thought much about this.

    One of the bad things about the move to Brooklyn, the Rangers travel to their location to play, so far away, NOT!!!!!

  2. Hatrick Swayze says:

    I think it’s worth mentioning that JD’s position is directly under the owner as per the Columbus Dispatch:
    “Davidson, 59, would serve directly under majority owner John P. McConnell, giving him authority over general manager Scott Howson, assistant general manager Chris MacFarland and the rest of the hockey operations department.”

    Which was integral in this getting done. He now can call the shots and give the franchise a good shake up and real hockey sense. I don’t think he would have taken the job, had he not been given this level of authority. Much like in St. Louis, he didn’t want to have to deal with alot of unnecessary resistance in his rebuilding.

  3. Scully says:

    @Walt, I believe in freedom of speech, but you really shouldn’t go around calling the Islanders a dirtbag team. These a huge sense of tradition and history there and I’m really happy that they’re staying around. Let’s not forget they won 4 consecutive Stanley Cups at one time… the same number the Rangers have been able to win in about 50 years more. The Rangers fan base is better for the Islanders being here, just ask any older Yankee fan who lost the Dodgers and Giants at the same time.

    Also, The Islanders owe the Rangers no fee as long as they remained on the same island, which they geographically did, thanks to a territorial fee of One Million Dollars paid to the Rangers when the Islanders came into the NHL in 1972.

  4. Scully says:

    Correction… that was actually a $5 Million dollar bill the Islanders payed the Rangers. Also, I’m a die-hard Rangers fan, I just love having multiple NY teams.

  5. Matt H. says:

    I’d call the Rangers/Islanders one the best rivalries in hockey, not sports.

    Small detail, yes, but still…

  6. mikeyyy says:

    Good for JD. Gives me a reason to root for Columbus , other than Dubi and AA out there.

  7. Walt says:


    Lighten up my friend, the Rangers have been called a heck of a lot worse things by their fans, give me a break!!!!

  8. Robert says:

    Matt the Ranger Isles rivalry IS one of the best rivalries in SPORTS!

  9. rob sahm says:

    i dont like the islanders but its good for hockey to have them in the n.y. tri state area. nassau county did the islanders wrong from what i heard wang said if they cant do the lighthouse project then at least renovate the aging colosium but they said no so wang had no choice now in three years that building is going to be torn down and they will put apartment houses or another crappy mall like long island dont have enough of them. its ashame because those poor schleps have to travel 30 miles to see there team lose to the rangers in brooklyn all the time LOL LOL LOL