The long wait is over. The New York Islanders will finally have their new arena once the lease expires in 2015. It was announced today the team owner Charles Wang has signed a 25-year lease with Barclays Center Owner Bruce Ratner that will kick into effect for the 2015-2016 season. (Photo Credit: stayclassynet/Flickr)
Per the Isles official press release:
NEW YORK ISLANDERS TO MOVE TO BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN
First NHL Team to Play Home Games in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NY (October 24, 2012) -- New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang, Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner, and Onexim Sports and Entertainment announced today that the Islanders will move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 25-year agreement begins for the 2015-16 season.
That's right you read the title correctly, the anticipated move of the New York Islanders to the newly constructed Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY is expected to become official at a press conference later today.
It's been difficult to find any glimmer of hope when it comes to hockey these days. The NHL recently stated that both the players union and the owners are "taking a step back from negotiations" after three straight days of talking. But all this means to the common hockey fan is one thing: more waiting. (Photo Credit: hockeymedia/Flickr)
Impatiently waiting to hear when the 2013 season will actually start (if it ever does) as the October 11th season opener for several teams inches closer to cancellation. The Islanders are still set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, October 12th before taking the ice for their home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers the following night, Saturday, October 13th. But let's face it. Those games aren't happening.
In fact, this is one blogger who will be shocked if any hockey fan gets to chant their usual "Hoctober" rally cry for the first puck drop of the year. (But hey, Gretzky thinks that there will be hockey by January! Woop-de-doo!)
But some news leaked today that could spark some interest for Islanders fans. It might not exactly be the glimmer of hope that everyone is waiting for, but it is definitely news worth looking at.
The New York Islanders were already stuck with a major problem before the NHL lockout began; now that problem has only gotten greater.
There are only three seasons (the lockout included) scheduled until Charles Wang's Islanders will be in a new home. Whether that new home is the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a new or renovated arena developed at the Hub in Uniondale or Quebec, Seattle, or another city due to relocation is unknown. (Photo Credit: Nuke812/Flickr)
Despite the fan banter and lack of talks between the powers that be, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was accepting RFQ's to be granted permission to develop the site that holds the Nassau Coliseum. Some developers made it clear that they would want to keep the Islanders in their plans. However, there has been little discussion since then and it remains uncertain as to what will happen.
Katie Strang dropped a rock in the Isles' pond last Thursday when she tweeted, "#Isles owner Charles Wang just left NHL offices although it doesn't appear he was there for labor talks."
The question that follows, of course, is this: What was he there for?
Tweets in response ranged from the hopeful (and perhaps purely emotional) -- "IS HE SELLING?" -- to the downright silly, such as speculation over Wang and commissioner Gary Bettman bonding over some reality TV. But outside of Strang's tweet, there's been very little suggesting as to the nature of Wang's trip, which isn't surprising coming from an organization like the Islanders.
It was reported today by Randi Marshall of Newsday that four developers have applied to become the master developers of the Nassau Coliseum area known as the Hub. (Photo Credit: Nuke812/Flickr)
"Patchogue -based Baldassano Architecture submitted an application, managing partner Alex Badalamenti confirmed Tuesday. Garden City developer Breslin Realty also submitted its qualifications, a source said. They will compete with Plainview developer Donald Monti and Syosset developer Ed Blumenfeld."
Monti has already expressed a strong desire to keep the New York Islanders in Nassau County through is developments if he is chosen, stating in a previously printed Newsday article that losing the team would be a "travesty" and that his plans "will be with the Islanders staying."
The New York Islanders are heading straight towards the expiration of their lease with Nassau Coliseum in 2015 and still have no plan set for what will happen with the Hub, as well as the future of the Long Island's only professional sports team.
Recently, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano released a statement to Newsday that he is looking for developers that are interested in developing the site. His plan would have a master developer renovate or construct a new Coliseum that could potentially keep the Islanders here.
However, Mangano's RFQ (Request for Qualification) would provide the master developer the right to share revenue with the Islanders while the team basically remained a tenant in a building that the owner had nothing to do with being built.
Can you see where this already seems like a "wait...what?" scenario?
It is no lie that the Islanders are in need of some secondary scoring. Of the many forwards left on the free agent market two names, Alexander Semin and Shane Doan, should be sticking out to Islanders GM Garth Snow and Owner Charles Wang. (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)