Referendum on minds of Islanders fans

New York Islanders fans, from left: Steven Nosomowitz

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New York Islanders fans, from left: Steven Nosomowitz of Valley Stream, Brian Murphy, and Jason Litwack, (both of Oceansid), react from the floor of the Nassau Coliseum as the New York Islanders announced Ryan Strome as their NHL Draft Pick. (June 24, 2011) (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Wandering around the crowded floor of Nassau Coliseum at the Islanders draft party Friday, Carleen Rodriguez and Jeanne-Marie Lyga were typical of the 4,000 or so fans. They were there to celebrate the team's future -- for the second season in a row, the Islanders would pick fifth in the NHL draft.

But a question still hung over the crowd: What exactly would that future hold?

"It's kind...

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