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#1 OFFLINE   **LS**

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,

The fracture seems to stem from LaFontaine’s 40-day tenure as an unpaid senior adviser to team owner Charles Wang and his resignation from that post on July 18, 2006. That resignation came just hours after Wang had fired general manager Neil Smith and replaced him with the team’s backup goaltender, Garth Snow. Wang had hired Smith and LaFontaine on the same day, and LaFontaine said in a recent interview that he disagreed with Wang’s decision to fire Smith after less than six weeks.

LaFontaine elected to step down after failing to persuade Wang to reconsider, he said—not necessarily out of loyalty to Smith, but out of concern for the franchise’s direction. “I believe you treat people fairly,” he said, “and stand up for what you believe in.”

Through a team spokesman, Wang declined to comment on the situation. “Pat LaFontaine had a great NHL career and does a lot for the Long Island community,” Wang said in a statement. “We wish him all the best.” Snow declined to comment through a spokesman.

Former Islanders general manager Mike Milbury, who was a member of the team’s board of governors when LaFontaine resigned, said he would understand if Wang still held a grudge against LaFontaine.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:55 PM

Pat LaFontaine may be one of the greatest players to don an Islander uniform from 1983 to 1991, but a rift between team owner Charles Wang and LaFontaine has caused the Isles to erase him from their history.The issue was brought to light yesterday when the Wall Street Journal published an article by Mike Sielski called “Cutting a Star Out of the Picture” (a must read).The tale is quite simple really: After spending 40 days as an unpaid senior advisor to Charles Wang, back in 2006, LaFontaine resigned hours after Wang had fired then general Manager Neil Smith. He told the WSJ that resigned because he didn’t like the direction the franchise was going. "I believe you treat people fairly," he said in the article. "And stand up for what you believe in."Since then there has been a rift between the two sides.In 2008, then Anaheim Ducks General Manager, Brian Burke wanted a credential for LaFontaine so he could sit with him when the Ducks played the Islanders. Th...

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:28 PM

This just makes me sad. I loved Patty. He will always be and Islander. I wish they could just get past all this especially since he is still a big part of Long Island. Come on Isles and make this right!
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:39 PM

from Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

One of the greatest New York Islanders is looking to make a comeback.

Pat LaFontaine has been contacted by some European investors about the possibility of buying the money-losing team and keeping it on Long Island, The Post has learned.

LaFontaine, who starred for the Islanders for eight seasons and is in the top six in goals and points in team history, is intrigued by the opportunity and may look to put together some sort of bid, sources said.

Islanders owner Charles Wang, who is seeking a new arena and has vowed not to play a single game at the aged Nassau Coliseum beyond the July 2015 end of his lease, has quietly let it be known that he is willing to sell the franchise if the price is right, sources close to the NHL said.

Unfortunately for LaFontaine, who still lives on Long Island and is active in charities there, that price is said to be a sky-high $300 million.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:23 PM

Good God no.

The arena deal makes this team essentially unsalable.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:35 AM

This article is NY Post garbage, dont pay it any mind.
There is no "said price," none of this has happened.

Papers like the Post have absolutely nobody there who has anything to do with the Islanders. They dont cover them, they have no reputable inside info on them, nothing.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:27 PM

This article is NY Post garbage, dont pay it any mind.
There is no "said price," none of this has happened.

Papers like the Post have absolutely nobody there who has anything to do with the Islanders. They dont cover them, they have no reputable inside info on them, nothing.

Yeah, Botta tweeted something similar this afternoon, saying LaFontaine has no interest in buying the club.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:23 PM

And if the rift is truly there, why would Wang sell the team to LaFont? That just doesn't make any sense.
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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:50 PM

And if the rift is truly there, why would Wang sell the team to LaFont? That just doesn't make any sense.


The last time Pat was at NVMC he walked out on the Islanders and quit his Senior Advisory job in a show of solidarity with Neil "GFY" Smith. Pat has not been invited back to any subsequent alumni events, and the Islanders official website literally omits his name when they report about Stevie Webbs coaching and charity work, so much of which is done along with Pat.

So, yeah... they are not doing business together even if there WAS a grain of truth to this story- which there isnt. The Post just wanted the hits on their website... they already milked all the "OMG BANKRUPT1!!1!!" crap they could muster regarding the Devils, the Isles are the logical choice for this kind of garbage.

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