(Editors Note: With it being the weekend, I thought this would be an interesting conversation starter)
I haven't lived in NY for almost 14 years now. I've jumped around great NHL cities like Washington DC, Chicago, San Jose and now Phoenix for the last 10 years. No matter where I live, I'm rooting for my "home town team". I don't know if this is mostly an East Coast mentality (plus old school cities like Chicago, Detroit) because most people that move away from Phoenix don't stay Coyotes fan's.
I don't know whether this is a great fan post or a terrible rant. But it seems to me that most New York Islander fan's are "longing for the old days". It is highly unlikely we will be in the Stanley Cup finals for '10-11, most of you will groan at being up 5-4 with 3 minutes to go and losing 6-5 in overtime. For all our outstanding young talent we won't have a 50 goal scorer this year, won't be standing on the podium for an ESPY, won't be getting an NHL award for "best......" Some of you don't get the urgency to get a new building, others are so disillusioned with the process you are happy we have a team on Long Island at all still.
Some people reading this are longing for the feeling their GRANDPARENTS had when watching the Isles lift the cup. It's no longer about "I remember when my dad would tell me stories about Nystrom, Gillies & Bossy...."; Now its "I tell My kids the stories..." 30 years...I'm beginning to understand Red Sox fan's and that is the really scary point of all this.
So please restore my faith....I want to believe and I want to enjoy. No polls on this post, just give me your feedback. Thanks!