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Islanders talking with Mets about possible move to Queens

May 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

According
to a Newsday report
(subscription required), Islanders owner
Charles Wang has talked with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon about possible moving
the team to Queens to be part of a shared complex with Citi Field. Per
Katie Strang:

“I’ve had conversations with Charles,” Wilpon
said by phone Tuesday, “and we’ve talked about Queens. We’d like to be
helpful and I think Queens is an option. We built Citi Field well
under budget and on time. I have all my guys ready.”

Wilpon
states that no agreement has been made, just that the two sides are
talking. He also has not directly discussed purchasing the team with
Wang, although he has not ruled out ownership of the Islanders.

Wang
has been frustrated with the Town of Hempstead’s stalling on ruling on
his proposal for a new arena, and has stated several times that
relocation is a possibility. He’s also frustrated over the financial
losses he’s taking each season and might look to sell the franchise or
even turn over controlling interest of the franchise to the NHL.

Because
the league really needs to be owning and running two teams.

At
this point it’s looking like the Islanders might not be staying in
Nassau County, despite what town officials state, as Wang explored every
possibility if his Lighthouse project proposal isn’t approved.

  1. JPFDeuce - May 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    What I don’t get is why Wang’s looking at Queens and pairing off with a non-planned venue when he could hook up with the city fo Brooklyn and Brent Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project?
    Barclay’s Center — the future home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets — is currently under construction…

  2. michael keays - May 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    i have seen first hand what happens when your city loses its hockey team.In glens Falls,N.Y. we had an A.h.l. TEAM FOR 20 YEARS THE REDWINGS.WE WON 3 CALDER CUPS AND THE CITY WAS ALIVE AND BOOMING.THEN AFTER 20 YEARS THE TEAM LEFT TOWN FOR gRAND rAPIDS,mICH.The end result was our city was dieing a slow death.In 2009 our city was lucky enough to have the flyers A.H.L. team the phantoms locate here.Our city and the civic center is again thriving.If the people of long Island are smart they should do what ever it takes to build a new arena and keep the New York Islanders on Long Island.God Bless Charles Wang and the Islanders.

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