New York Islanders veteran forward Cal Clutterbuck’s happy the Islanders will play half their season at Nassau Coliseum, takes a shot at Barclays.
Complaints about the commute to Brooklyn are nothing new for the New York Islanders. Fans have complained for years, players have quietly complained, and now Cal Clutterbuck spoke out about the commute.
He spoke to Brian Compton yesterday about playing at the Coliseum. While expressing his happiness about playing at the Coli he also took a shot at Barclays in the process.
"“I think it’s nice that we’ll be able to have a couple normal game days at home with a normal routine … you’re not staring an hour-drive in the face both ways.”"
Fans have said it all along. Commuting into Brooklyn is a pain in the butt. You’re driving in rush hour Westbound or you’re taking the extremely unreliable LIRR and praying your connecting train at Jamaica is running on time.
While most of the players live on Long Island, the drive to the practice facility and the Coliseum is so much easier. It’s a 15-minute drive from Manhasset and 10 minutes from Garden City, both popular towns of residence for Islanders players.
I don’t blame Cal one bit for what he said, and that’s why the Belmont Park arena is going to be so critical. For the first time in a long time, the Islanders are becoming a preferred location.
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