Happy birthday, J.R. Smith

Update – 10:12 a.m.: Chris Smith got a tattoo of J.R. on his back…




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Robert Konigsberg
Robert Konigsberg

so far they are learning from wang how to destroy a franchise and screw the fans. when ledecky was asked about keeping top talent here when their contract is up and would want to stay here if they were paid accordingly, he said look at how k.c. is doing in the playoffs.  mr. ledecky, this is nyc not k.c. would it of hurt just to say, we will do our best? if j.t. walks because you are too cheap, the place will be empty and then you might as well move the team to k,c. lets hope you just meant you dont have to go crazy, which you dont but the days of reaching the cap floor are over. a payroll in the middle is fair. you want us to show up, just treat us fairly and we will come.

chrisredux
chrisredux

They want to learn from wang?????????????? Learn what????  How to run a team to the ground...

doc942
doc942

@alarbour11 Pat Quinn retired in 1977 and became an assistant coach of the Flyers in the 1977 season and was named the head coach of the Flyers in 1978.  The league is full of examples of players retiring and immediately becoming assistant coaches.

doc942
doc942

@alarbour11 Did you forget about Lorne Henning? Assisted on Nystrom's goal then was elevated to assistant coach a few weeks later.

camb33
camb33

Oh great, job training....I hope wangs not doing the teaching

fourcups
fourcups

If the Isles collapse over the next 6 weeks, will Snow/Wang ignore it as they have in the past? If so, will the new owners learn from that just how much Wang cares about the team?

fourcups
fourcups

Barroway's first statement on purchase of 51% of Coyotes: "I make all the decisions." Before the money became an issue, Barroway told Wang the same thing and would not guarantee that Snow would remain GM "to finish the rebuild" as Wang wanted.


As for learning from Wang, what other owner in any sport have you heard he is happy to have the old owner around to teach him the business?

fourcups
fourcups

Back during the "Barroway deal" I was told that when the sale was done, the NHL & Barroway would praise Wang to the heights. Hopefully, that is all this is. If not these guys are almost as wacky as Chuckles.

alarbour11
alarbour11

as owner of the islanders charles wang has allowed a visiting opponent ( philadelphia flyers) come into our own building and beat us like 15 times in a row during one of the many great highlights of wangs tenure as owner of the islanders lets look at some others ....*lowest payroll in the nhl for 8 consecutive years * first backup goalie in history to be elevated to gm (snow) * first just retired player  in history(weight) suddenly promoted to assistant coach with no previous experience  and now assistant gm.

jepliberty
jepliberty

You're probably right Don, that's what it is, and why right off the bat start discontent between them, that wouldn't help the team in any way. 

Don22
Don22

I'm going to chalk this up to saying the right things and playing nice with the guy you have to call boss for the next 2 years. Nothing more.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@doc942 you forget one thing doc, the flyers of the mid 70s to mid 80s were a winning franchise, more over they were COMITTED TO WINNING, whereas the islanders under wang havent.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@doc942 again another bad example doc, lorne henning and later butch goring were running practices for al arbour while al sat up in the stands or press box watching. They were practically asst coaches although they didnt have the title plus henning had been with arbour for many yrs.