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October 28, 2011

John Tavares Says We Need A New Arena

In a recent interview with Damien Cox John Tavares stated that the New York Islanders need a new home.  He believes that a large part of why this organization is looked down upon is due to the arena issues.

Tavares understands why others look at the Islanders and don’t see what he sees, particularly because of the team’s well-publicized arena woes.
“I think a lot of it gets put on the arena, and rightfully so. We need a new arena,” he said. “But it’s not like we have a poor organization. We’re trying to do things the right way, but it’s a process.”
http://www.thestar.com/article/1077385--cox-maturing-tavares-learning-hard-lessons-on-island

I tend to agree with our young star that a new arena would help solve many issues that faces this team.  It would allow them to be able to pursue free agents more easily.  Let's be honest who wants to move their family and commit to a team if they don't know they will be around in the 2015-16 season.  The arena would also offer the organization financial stability, which will allow Wang to spend above the cap floor without going into the red.  If this organization is going to survive and thrive it needs a new home.

Additional Reading:
http://www.thestar.com/article/1077385--cox-maturing-tavares-learning-hard-lessons-on-island


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