from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
It is a relief to know that they won't be going to Quebec or Hamilton or Kansas City. Their games still will be on the same TV channel and their fans still can watch them in person (just be sure you hustle to catch the last train out of Atlantic Avenue at 11:55 p.m).
It is a challenge because the organization has no more excuses. For the only NHL team that has gone since 1993 without winning a playoff series, the Coliseum has been cited as a hindrance, a distraction or both. That's done. Hockey comes first now. As it should have all along.
Saturday night, Opening Night, was all about hockey. It was time for celebrating the present, not getting misty about the past. A season was starting with a game against the Devils; a great sport was back after a long lockout. There was hope for everyone, including the Islanders. In the locker room, the optimism went beyond this year and the Nassau border.