Fans of the New York Islanders want their voices heard.
Led by the Isles Nation blog, a group of fans upset with the way the team is being run are planning a protest for Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. In particular, they aren’t happy with owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow.
“We are protesting the inept Isles organization and management, led by owner Charles Wang and GM Garth Snow,” Isles Nation blogger Pete Truszkowski said in a post.
“We are protesting the lack of progress of Garth Snow’s rebuild that has dragged out for way too long. We are protesting the lack of accountability surrounding this organization. We are protesting the constant salary of this team being at or near the NHL mandated cap floor.”
The Islanders, 25-33-9 and dead last in the Eastern Conference, antagonized fans with a pair of bizarre trades this season.
In late October, Snow traded three-time 30-goal scorer Matt Moulson and two draft picks, including a first-rounder this summer, to the Sabres for sniper Thomas Vanek. The Isles then sent Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens for a prospect and a second-round pick just before the trade deadline.
“If you’re anything like me, you love this team to no end,” Truszkowski wrote.
“You love the logo, you love the guys wearing the jersey, and you love what the New York Islanders are. However, especially as of late, you just cannot stand Isles management and the overall fraud this organization has become.”