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Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

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By: Adam Gretz

The future of the New York Islanders could be on the line on Monday, as a referendum to fund a new arena to replace the archaic Nassau Coliseum will be put to the vote. The Islanders PR blitz has been in full force for a while now -- as highlighted here on Tuesday -- and now their biggest rival, the New York Rangers, is joining the campaign and urging their fans to help out.

The Rangers released a statement on Thursday stating their support for the Aug. 1 referendum, while also urging their fans to vote yes to help keep the 40-year-old rivalry going strong.

Said Rangers general manager Glen Sather in the statement: "The rivalry that has existed between the Rangers and Islanders for almost 40 years is one of the best in hockey and in all of sports. The intense passion and emotion involved in these games is something we cherish and would like to see continue for generations to come. We urge Rangers fans, Islanders fans and all hockey fans in Nassau County to vote yes for the referendum on Monday, August 1"

It's easy to see why the Rangers would support the vote, as the Islanders are their biggest natural rival, and it's not like they're going to put out a statement that is anything but supportive.

While this situation doesn't happen all that often in sports, it's not uncommon for rival teams and fans to show support for one another when the future of one of the franchises is in question. I remember back in 1995, for example, when the Browns were on the verge of being yanked out of Cleveland and Steelers fans, their biggest and fiercest rival, staged a Save The Browns rally before their last regular season meeting in Pittsburgh. Kind of a sports version of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

RolstonBy: Adam Gretz

It didn't matter how many of their own players they re-signed, at some point the New York Islanders were going to have to bring in a player from outside the organization in an effort to reach the salary cap floor. And that's exactly what they did on Thursday when it was announced that they had acquired Brian Rolston from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Trent Hunter, a swap that gets the Islanders $3 million closer to the $48.3 million floor.

Following the trade the Islanders now have to spend at least $5.9 million and still have a number of restricted free agents to sign, including Blake Comeau and Josh Bailey. Rolston also becomes the highest paid player on the team.

Rolston, 38, has one year remaining on a contract that pays him an average salary of just over $5 million per season. In 65 games this past season he scored 14 goals to go with 20 assists, while he hasn't recorded more than 37 points in a single season since signing a four-year, $20 million deal with the Devils prior to the 2008-09 season. It was a contract that had become somewhat of an albatross for the Devils, and finding a taker for it helps clear additional cap space to finally reach a deal with restricted free agent Zach Parise.

Hunter has two years remaining on his contract and carries a cap hit of $2 million per season. He's appeared in just 133 games over the past three seasons, scoring 26 goals over that period, including one goal in just 17 games last season.

In the end, the focal point of this deal for both clubs is money. The Devils needed to shed some salary, the Islanders needed to take on some, and with a picked over crop of free agents, a trade like this seemed like it was inevitable at some point.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Islanders acquire Brian Rolston

RolstonBy: Adam Gretz

It didn't matter how many of their own players they re-signed, at some point the New York Islanders were going to have to bring in a player from outside the organization in an effort to reach the salary cap floor. And that's exactly what they did on Thursday when it was announced that they had acquired Brian Rolston from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Trent Hunter, a swap that gets the Islanders $3 million closer to the $48.3 million floor.

Following the trade the Islanders now have to spend at least $5.9 million and still have a number of restricted free agents to sign, including Blake Comeau and Josh Bailey. Rolston also becomes the highest paid player on the team.

Rolston, 38, has one year remaining on a contract that pays him an average salary of just over $5 million per season. In 65 games this past season he scored 14 goals to go with 20 assists, while he hasn't recorded more than 37 points in a single season since signing a four-year, $20 million deal with the Devils prior to the 2008-09 season. It was a contract that had become somewhat of an albatross for the Devils, and finding a taker for it helps clear additional cap space to finally reach a deal with restricted free agent Zach Parise.

Hunter has two years remaining on his contract and carries a cap hit of $2 million per season. He's appeared in just 133 games over the past three seasons, scoring 26 goals over that period, including one goal in just 17 games last season.

In the end, the focal point of this deal for both clubs is money. The Devils needed to shed some salary, the Islanders needed to take on some, and with a picked over crop of free agents, a trade like this seemed like it was inevitable at some point.

Photo: Getty Images

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