After you guys whoop on NJ like that, by all means stay. Seriously, I don't have the Isles hate ... I don't take the fan thing that seriously. If the Rangers were knocked out of the playoffs and the Islanders were still in, I'd pull for the Islanders. I do go to Jones Beach after all (well, except for about five years after I first saw Jaws). It would just be wrong to see Bossy and Trottier's numbers hanging in another city.
i guess i'll be the first of my kind. i dislike the islanders to the point that i wouldnt be upset if they left. i wouldnt be ecstatic but it wouldnt really effect me either way. i wouldnt mind being able to rub it in the face off all the islander fans i know for the rest of their lifetime. it would kinda be the all-time we-win you-lose.
No, I love the Rangers-Islanders rivalry, it's good for the sport and the fans. I'm from Jersey, so I don't really hate the Islanders all that much, but even if it was the Devils that were threatening to leave, I still wouldn't want it to happen. Rivalries are what make sports fun.