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Report: Isles planning preseason game in Brooklyn

Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:09 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 12:09 am

By Brian Stubits

Nobody knows where the New York Islanders will call home in a couple of seasons when their lease at the Nassau Coliseum is up. The people of Nassau County had the chance to make the voice hear on a new arena and they voted no, the latest in a long line of rebutted attempts by owner Charles Wang to get a new home for his team.

Since then, the future of the organization has been murkier than a swamp. That kind of uncertainty doesn't help Garth Snow build a franchise that can win in the long run (as if he needs any more obstacles).

However one of the possible options for a new home is further down Long Island toward Manhattan and the new Barclays Center going up in Brooklyn to host the NBA's Nets. That building isn't without its concerns too, such as a small seating capacity and potentially poor sight lines.

Well, the Islanders might find out pretty soon how viable the arena could be as a home. From CBS New York's WFAN:

Sources told on Thursday that the Islanders are in discussions to host a preseason game next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the future home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

This is not the first time the Islanders have used another venue to push the reality that at the end of the 2014-15 season their lease with Nassau Coliseum ends. During the 2008-09 season when Kansas City was considered their hot relocation destination, the Islanders announced they’d be taking on the Los Angeles Kings in a preseason game the following season at the brand-new downtown Sprint Center.

If so, it'd be very interesting. If the game goes well, the front-runner (in my book) to land the Islanders could take a huge step toward being the Isles' new home. It would be a chance to answer some of the questions that loom about the arena hosting an NHL team permanantly. One of those however, that of small attendance, would remain. If the Isles made the Brooklyn arena home in a couple of years, it would be the smallest capacity in the NHL, below even Winnipeg's MTS Centre.

This could be the next step in relocating the Islanders only a few miles instead of a few hundred or even thousand miles. They can't afford to wait until the lease runs out, the uncertainty is too damaging both to the product on the ice as well as off of it. And as mentioned, the Islanders don't need any more road blocks.

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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:02 pm

Report: Isles planning preseason game in Brooklyn

The Isles are a Long Island team. Brooklyn is Ranger territory. I don't see how the isles will be able to build a following there. That combined with out of town fans always coming to Isles home games and the small seating capacity, it won't be much of a home for them. As it is Isles fans who live on Long Island aren't going to the games regularly, and the few who do aren't going to trek to Brooklyn on a regular basis to see them, especialy if they suck, like right now. I don't see it happening. Charles (not Ed stupid) Wang is a buffoon and has no business being an NHL owner. He has done nothing but embarrass and disgrace this once respected organization. I should know, I'm a long, suffering Islander fan whose at the end of my rope. Help! S.O.S.! Anyone!

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:02 pm

Report: Isles planning preseason game in Brooklyn

LOL. Are you kidding me? WOW. 

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:51 pm

Report: Isles planning preseason game in Brooklyn

So this means the Islanders will be playing in Brooklyn in 2016! Sweeet. The Brooklyn Islanders...i love it!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:01 pm

Report: Isles planning preseason game in Brooklyn

Nassau County, not Nassau.  Charles Wang, not Ed Wang.  Barclays Center, not Barclay's Center. 

I miss the days before bloggers replaced real journalists and real editors as sources for news.  But then again, this isn't news.  It's a repost of a news item from a radio station website, followed by an editorial comment.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:50 pm

Report: Isles planning preseason game in Brooklyn

Ed Wang ?  Do you geniuses ever proofread any of the crap that you write ? LMAO

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