Isles to radically slash payroll?
Yes, the source of this is Larry Brooks who in my opinion hates the Islanders organization for their success and the Rangers failures, but I think he actually might be on to something with this tidbit. Other sources including Alan Hahn of Newsday have talked about player movement this summer and the possibility of trading Peca. As a season ticket holder of the Isles, if what Larry Brooks says is true, I will not be renewing my plan. It is an obvious attempt to see what Milbury can do on a limited budget compared to Ottawa and Minnesota who went further into the playoffs with less $$$ given. Once again, the Isles might be stuck with ownership who is tired of losing games and money and decides to dump salary to at least break even. It doesn’t help that the price of Computer Associate shares have dropped making the 2 Isles owners a lot less rich then they were when they bought the team 3 years ago. Here is the article.
So did you hear the one about Charles Wang wanting to know why if Minnesota could reach the conference finals with a $20 million payroll, the Islanders couldn’t? “That’s a direct quote from Wang to [Mike] Milbury,” one of two sources to provide this account to Slap Shots told us on Friday. “It’s going to be a very difficult summer over there.”
Are you aware that Wang has ordered GM Mike Milbury to radically slash payroll for the upcoming season?
Meaning that the eighth-place team that made the playoffs only because the Rangers were so bad is attempting to unload defenseman Roman Hamrlik ($3.6M) and winger Mark Parrish ($2.35M) as quickly as possible. It also means that Michael Peca ($4.25M), no longer quite the apple of the organization’s eye, is not an untouchable.
Further, did you know that Wang himself sat in on a number of the postseason meetings between individual players and the GM that ultimately doomed Peter Laviolette? Or, given his active intervention, should we say, Boss Wang?
You do now.
Don’t be misled. While the team’s unhappy supporting actors may not have been among Laviolette’s greatest admirers, the coach was done in not by them, but the moment key veterans such as Peca, Adrian Aucoin and Alexei Yashin – the three most important skaters on the roster – added their support to the palace coup. Fact is, Laviolette – to whom image (his own) became everything – was probably done once, as we’re now learning, his once-famously close relationship with Peca fell apart during the middle of the season.
Shipwrecked again. And isn’t this where we – and Boss Wang – came in?