The New York Islanders are only four days into the offseason and the arena drama that’s been going on since 2011 has picked up with a full head of steam.
We all knew that this offseason wasn’t going to go quietly into the night for the New York Islanders. With Garth Snow on thin ice, and full-blown Presidential search party and a coach with a then “interim” tag. Things were going to happen.
We also knew that the 25-year lease agreement between the Barclays Center and the Islanders was going to be renegotiated sometime soon.
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The Barclays is paying out a reported $50 million per year to have the Isles play their home games there. They clearly want that to change. And the Isles want to control their own destiny sooner than when I’m ready to retire in 2035. Like much sooner.
But now it seems that the Isles will be asked to move back to the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum if a Newsday report is to be believed.
The pitch will try to convince the Isles that the Coliseum can be the Islanders home and address any potential concerns they have, like the 13,000 capacity for ice hockey. Which would be the lowest in the league by a healthy margin.
"“Over the last two months, I have met with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Islanders owners, I’ve met with the county and the state,” Law said. “What I just learned very recently is that BSE will be offering a plan to the Islanders to move them back to the Coliseum.”"
It’s nice to feel wanted that a given. But with a chance to create their own path with a brand new arena, not one with a $165 million facelift, it’s a big doubt that the Isles would actually bite.
Burned once, shame on you. Burned twice, shame on me. The Isles won’t forget the history that they share with the Township of Hempstead.
Tweet of The Day
Charles Wang left Garth Snow an interesting parting gift before handing the reigns to Ledecky and Making. (Eyes on Isles)
Doug Weight get the interim tag removed and is hired on a permanent basis by the Isles (Eyes on Isles)
Could the hiring of Doug Weight and the Tavares extension be the exact lifeline that Garth Snow needs? (Eyes on Isles)