Howie Rose admittedly has been "slow to embrace" the Islanders' relocation from Nassau County to Brooklyn, but one development in particular Tuesday rankled the team's lead play-by-play voice on MSG Network:
The black-and-white alternate uniform the team wore for the first time against the Devils.
He took issue with the assertion by Barclays Center officials that black and white -- the colors of the Brooklyn Nets -- are Brooklyn's colors.VoteLove it or hate it: New York sports uniformsSee alsoIsles' last season on LI: A video series
"Gee, what a surprise: a black for black's sake jersey," he said sarcastically before Tuesday night's game. (He later was critical of the uniforms during the telecast itself.)
"First of all, whatever inanity produced the thinking that black and white are Brooklyn colors, all anybody that ridiculously misinformed had to do was just do a search for 'Brooklyn official colors.' They're navy and gold. Navy and gold would have looked fabulous as an Islander alternate. To me, that would have said something.
"It's a money grab. We all know what third jerseys are, and I accept that. I want to make money, too, so I get the initiative. I just take it personally when they're so gratuitously removed from anything relating to the official colors of the team. Maybe I shouldn't, but that's just me.
"I think the design of this is obviously reminiscent of those Stadium Series jerseys, which I thought for an alternate jersey were cool. I loved those. But there's this whole misguided thing that somehow black and white represents Brooklyn. It doesn't represent Brooklyn!
"I've always thought this team should have been re-branded the Brooklyn Islanders. I really do. I know that's not going to be popular. But the fact of the matter is they won four straight Stanley Cups and they were still considered the other New York team and based on that they always will be.
"So why not carve out a different identity? I'm not sure that they won't somewhere down the line."