The Islanders haven't made the playoffs since 2006 and although they seem to be getting better each season, the results end up the same. If it's not a top-five pick in the NHL entry draft, than it's a top-10 pick. The Islanders only hope to get better is through the draft as blue chip free agents avoid coming to Long Island for multiple reasons, not the least of which is they have no idea where this team will be playing in 2016.
The year 2015 is when the lease on the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum expires. Owner Charles Wang and the Isles will either need to break ground on a new arena shortly (extremely unlikely), or they will be playing someplace else. The NHL is still playing fun and games with the Phoenix Coyotes, and the same thing could end up happening with the Islanders. Sure, they may end up playing in Brooklyn, but that arena was built for a basketball team, not hockey. Why would any top free agent want to play for a team that still has quite a bit of wor
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