Wang turns focus to upcoming season
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But the Islanders owner is trying to move past that summer -- and the last four seasons without a playoff appearance.
"It's like starting a new [school] term -- you turn the page, write your name at the top and you start the new year," Wang said during a news conference with reporters. "That's what we're looking forward to."
Wang did give general manager Garth Snow the green light to make long-term commitments to Kyle Okposo (five years, $14 million), Michael Grabner (five years, $15 million) and the most important part of the Isles' young core, John Tavares (six years, $33 million).
"Their focus is on the season," Wang said of his players when asked if they've inquired about the future of the franchise. "We're here for the next four years, we know that and they want to put the best product on the ice. They're great kids, a great group of kids that Garth and [coach Jack Capuano] have put together. Let's not worry about that. We have one thing to focus on, and that's this season."
"I think you lead by example. I try to work as hard as possible every day on and off the ice . . . I hate losing. I just want to win games."
Wang feels the same way. He was asked about the Association for a Better Long Island's development proposal for the Coliseum site and didn't want to get into any arena talk.
"If someone comes up with anything definitive, we'll look at it," he said. "I can tell you one thing very definitive: October 8, 8:08, the puck drops. And we're going to have a hell of a season."