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12-06-2012, 11:53 PM
Bert Marshall days
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Perception of Islanders now? From negative to positive

Of all the positives the Islanders have gained from their deal to move to Brooklyn in 2015, the biggest one may be something that can't be quantified in added revenue dollars or new season-ticket holders or points in the standings.

It's perception. People around the NHL -- fellow executives, opposing players and their agents -- finally might start to see the Islanders in a new light even before they play a game at Barclays Center. For that matter, even before the puck gets dropped on this locked-out season.

It's the difference between free agents scoffing at calls from Snow on July 1, thinking about what a drag it is to spend even a night at the Coliseum and its no-frills surroundings, and free agents wondering what the new facility will look like and whether the team can contend.

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