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Report: Isles could leave Nassau after next season (not the season after that)

Apr 8, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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Sources are telling IslandersPointBlank that the New York Islanders could depart for Brooklyn after the 2013-14 season, one year earlier than their move from Nassau Coliseum to the Barclays Center (pictured) was originally planned.

According to sources with Nassau and the Islanders, both sides are open to a financial arrangement that could benefit the bankrupt county and the money-losing team. The Islanders’ lease does not expire for another two full seasons, in the summer of 2015.

Leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier would enable the Islanders to begin capitalizing on revenue streams in Brooklyn, while not playing as lame duck tenants at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike any longer than possible.

It’s not surprising to hear that these discussions are happening. If the Isles think they can make more money in Brooklyn, wouldn’t they want to get there as soon as possible? As long as they can make it worthwhile for Nassau, and as long as they’re ready to make the move by the end of next season, it seems like a no-brainer to scrap the last year of the lease at the old rink.

The one thing they won’t do, however, is move after this season.

“Too soon,” a source told IslandersPointBlank. “Too much work to be done heading into Barclays.”

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  1. jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    This is great news for the Islanders and their fans. Even though there is a lot of history in Nassau and this team, the building is old, run down and the fact that asbestos was found all over a few years ago doesn’t exactly help. Players and fans tend to want to stay out of that building as much as possible and Charles Wang did almost everything he could to keep them on the Island. The pending move to Brooklyn and the resurgence of this team bein relevant in the league again has brought the fans back into the fold an it can only get better moving forward. Now with the fans back, a good looking core of young players, headed by JT, some good draft picks and signing of a top FA or two can hopefully return this team to the glory years of the late 70’s early 80’s.

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      As a Rangers’ fan I’m excited. It used to be if the Rangers won against the Islanders they “should’ve” and if they lost they’re a “joke”. Aside from that hopefully the rivalry picks up some more steam.

      • jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Guess you did not become a Ranger fan untill around their cup year of ’94. Before that it was not that they “should have” or “a joke”, it was one of the best rivalries in all of sports.

  2. withseidelinn - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    If they make the playoffs this year, a brand new arena would be ideal to help with the resurgence of the team. Are they planning a name change at all?

    • islesjb - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Nope. Remaining the New York Islanders and I’m pretty sure they are bringing their championship banners to the Barclays.

      The only change that might happen is a slight tweak to the logo that includes Brooklyn

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        1. As long as they don’t bring back the Gorton fisherman logo.

        2. As long as they don’t follow baseball…

        New York Islanders of Brooklyn

        Just sounds hideous

      • jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        I think the Islanders learned from their mistake with the hideous Gordon Fisherman jerseys. As a fan of the team since the cup years, I thought they were one of the worst ever to hit the ice and hated the fact that my Ranger friends and family called me a fish stick lover. Was a very dark time to be an Islander fan.

    • pswingset - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Last time I checked, Brooklyn was part of long island, so the “Islanders” name would still apply.

  3. badintent - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Yes they need lots of time . Time to build parkcades for all the Nassau and Sufflok County fans that Drive in to the games. There is no parking now. The neighbor is so nasty, even the security guards are quitting rather than take the subway at 12:00 midnight going home.The same folks that drive in from the Island for Net games drive to Brooklyn Heights and take cabs to Barclay.Barclay should have been built in Queens near Citibank and the U.S. Open, much closer and short drive for the LI crowd.Only games that will sell out are the Rangers /Islander games when the blue blood crowd comes in their limos from Manhattan. tHE BANNERS ARE FULL OF MILDEW, TOO OLD.

    • bcisleman - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      If the Islanders keep winning as they have recently, they will draw crowds–sellout crowds–whereever they play.

    • jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      I have not been to the Barclay’s center, so I can not dipute this from personal experiece, however everyone I have talked to who has been there says the complete opposite then what you just said.

    • 950003cups - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM


      Won’t be hard for the Islanders to sell out games in Barclay. It’s only 14,000 seats. They prices will be a lot higher, but If the isles keep playing this way, they’ll get that extra cash. Yes, they do need parking. But there will be a lot of security during game times at the subway stations and outside the arena.

      Nobody wants to walk around Newark (Devils) either at that hour, and who wants to walk on 8th Ave (Rangers) after midnight? All these areas are deemed dangerous at those hours. So, go to your game, when its over leave soon after. Try walking around Yankee Stadium after midnight. All those places I mentioned have an abundance of fans who take public transportation to and from the arenas.

  4. bcisleman - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    The ones who will not cheer this news are the restaurants and other businesses who made a good part of their livelihhood catering to Islander fans over the years. They will have one less year to adapt to the new normal. No doubt some will not survive.

    Nassau and the Town of Hempstead are in dire financial straits. The unanswerable question is whether it would have changed anything if Wang had fired Milbury on taking ownership, brought in a competent asset manager for GM and produced a better team. Would the LightHouse project have been more politically feasible…that is would the Isles have been popular enough to make rejecting the project dangerous for Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor? No way to know the answer. It would be quite fitting, however, if the Isles were able to add a banner before they turn out the lights. That would be sweet revenge!!!

    • jdrew506 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      BC- although you are correct that we will never know what would have happened if thing were like you said, however knowing that Nassau County has some of the highest taxes in the country and from the people I have talked to from Nassau, I am not sure that the lighthouse project would have happened no matter what Wang or the Islander did.

      • bcisleman - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        It was the Town of Hempstead that stood in the way, not the county. They did so because of some very vocal opposition from influential residents. Had there been a more active fanbase to push back, who knows?

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