The Rangers and Isles are rivals, of course, but the teams do gain by having such proximity, and that sentiment is not lost on the Rangers. GM Glen Sather issued this statement earlier today regarding the Monday vote on the $400 million proposal by Nassau County to provide funding for a new Coliseum:
"The rivalry that has existed between the Rangers and Islanders for almost 40 years is one of the best in hockey and in all of sports. The intense passion and emotion involved in these games is something we cherish and would like to see continue for generations to come. We urge Rangers fans, Islanders fans and all hockey fans in Nassau County to vote yes for the referendum on Monday, August 1."
So, there you go.