Charles Wang appeared on Mike Francesa's WFAN show yesterday to help create support for the Lighthouse Project, but in the process he inadvertently revealed the length of coach Scott Gordon's contract.
When asked by Francesa if Gordon would be given a long rope during the team's rebuilding process, Wang said during his response, "He's got two more years on his contract.”
The Islanders had made a point of not revealing the details of Gordon's contract after previous coach Ted Nolan went public with his request for an extension before the last year of his deal.
Wang used the appearance to spread his message about the Lighthouse Project to WFAN listeners. He even drove down to the station's studio in Astoria as opposed to calling in like most guests.
Wang stressed the importance of an Aug. 4 public hearing on the project at Hofstra University and Oct. 3, the date when the project's fate will be decided. Although Wang is confident that the project will be approved, he said that if it isn't, "I will open up and look at all options.”
One of those options is to move to Kansas City, where the new Sprint Center has just been built despite not having an NHL or NBA team.
On Sept. 22, the Islanders will play a preseason game in Kansas City against the Los Angeles Kings. Though it's an exhibition game, Wang will be making the trip.
"We will tell them Oct. 3 is coming,” Wang told Francesa. "If it doesn't happen by Oct. 3, we certainly will sit down and talk to anyone interested.”
When Francesa asked Wang if he would remain the owner of the team if it moved from Long Island, Wang wouldn't take a stance.
"I don't even know because I think we are going to get it,” Wang said. "I think we are going to get it done.”