Friday, April 26, 2013
Isles could leave early (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Count NHL commissioner among those who want to see the New York Islanders playing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center before 2015.
"I'd like to see them in the newer building as soon as possible," Bettman told editors from the Associated Press on Thursday, according to Newsday's Steven Marcus.
But Bettman stopped short of saying that the team would try to get out of its lease at Nassau Coliseum, which expires after the 2014-15 season.
"I know the Islanders are prepared to fulfill their obligations under their burdensome lease. [But] if Nassau County was inclined to let them go earlier, I know they would go."
The New York Islanders may be facing just the one last season in Nassau County before heading to Brooklyn -- not two. According to IslandersPointBlank, the club and county are scheduled to discuss the possibility of breaking the lease agreement with Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum a year early. In which case, the Islanders would launch the 2014-15 campaign at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"... 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 ..."
A decision on the matter is expected before the end of summer.