Outside of a miraculous recovery by John Tavares or a change in league rules that allows 14 teams from each conference into the postseason tournament, Islanders fans got the best news possible late on Thursday: team owner Charles Wang is talking to potential buyers about selling his majority stake in the crumbling franchise.
Go ahead. Take a minute to let that sink in.
Now, it’s worth noting that there’s a significant gap to be bridged between merely talking and actually handing over the keys, but just knowing that this isn’t idle gossip, that there’s a real chance the league’s most incompetent owner could be on the way out, gives hope to the team’s long-suffering fans.
And that’s ultimately why this matters.
No one knows what new ownership will bring — the new guy might install his kid as VP of hockey operations or something — but it’s hard to imagine any possible future for New York could be worse than what transpired during Wang’s reign of error.