As we prepare for the weekend -- and potentially more signs of spring weather in some areas -- the big story in the hockey world is the report that New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is in talks to sell a majority stake of the team. Given the team's recent struggles, along with Wang's reported unwillingness to spend up to the salary cap, that report is welcomed with a certain amount of optimism by Islanders faithful. Then again, it's unclear what the new owner (or ownership group) would do with the club.
The Isles are set to begin playing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center during the 2015-16 season, though it's unclear whether that will entice potential suitors. Also unclear is the fate of current Isles GM Garth Snow, who has had some major wins, including John Tavares' club-friendly deal, and some major losses (see: the Thomas Vanek trades this season). Just another wrinkle for what promises to be an offseason of intrigue on "The Island."