So many things have gone right for the New York Islanders this summer. The team addressed its woeful goaltending by bringing in Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson. They had another terrific draft, highlighted by the additions of blue-chip winger Michael Dal Colle and the mercurial but insanely gifted Josh Ho-Sang. They attracted two top-nine forwards, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, in free agency. Their franchise player, John Tavares, is back in top health after missing the second half of last season.
And, miracle of miracles, Charles Wang finally found a buyer for the club, which means his painfully inept reign as owner will end in two years.
Really, outside of someone inventing a Hot Tub Time Machine and bringing back Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy in their primes, this off-season couldn't have gone much better.
But just to remind everyone that they're still the Islanders, there's this:
This commemorative patch is what you'd expect it to be, coming from the Isles.
Where to start? The "Tradition On Ice" banner. It's a phrase that's so generic and meaningless it feels like a placeholder that no one ever got around to improving. And what, exactly, is the tradition? Those four Stanley Cups are now in the distant past and let's just say that most of the years since the dynasty have not exactly been kind to the franchise.
Or how about the redundancy of listing both the lifespan of the club (1972-2015) and "43 Years of History"? Much of that history has been tortured, so the phrase might as well have just been "43 Years of Years." And somehow the logo neglects to make any mention of the point of the whole exercise: that this will be the final season the team will spend in Nassau Coliseum. All in all, it's as nondescript as the barn the team will vacate for shinier digs in Brooklyn.
Ah, well. At least Isles fans have an improved team and a (hopefully) brighter future to look forward to.