Islanders captain, Anders Lee spoke with the media virtually today. He and the Isles would like to give the Coliseum one more ride.
The Islanders impressive run to the Eastern Conference Final was a fun one, and for some it was unexpected. A downside to the run was that unfortunately, it had to be done without Islanders fans at the home rink.
Due to COVID, the NHL had to play in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, which yielded an experience like we’ve never seen before. To the NHL’s credit, the league did a tremendous job in the return to play.
Today, in speaking with the media, Anders Lee hinted at wanting to have one final run in the Nassau Coliseum before moving into their new building for the 2021-2022 season.
It’s been a complicated past for the Islanders and the Coliseum. The team played in the building from its inception in 1972 through the 2015 season. After a three year hiatus, the Isles were able to split time between the Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum for the last two years.
The building has seen a lot over the years from the Cup years to the dark depths of the 90s, to back to relevancy in recent years. Like Lee I agree, one final ride would be pretty poetic.
The Islanders, like every other team in the league, will be competing for a Cup in 2021. If I were writing the script, admittedly it’d be biased, but how cool would it be for the Coliseum that saw the birth of the best dynasty in sports be born to go out with one more.
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Younger Islander fans, like myself, don’t have those fond memories like those of the generation before us during the cup years. Does the old barn have any more magic left? It would sure as hell be fun to find out in 2021 and give her a proper send-off.