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    Islanders moving to Brooklyn?

    Developer Bruce Ratner has scored a major goal by landing the Islanders ice hockey team for his Barclay's arena in downtown Brooklyn, sources said.

    The announcement was expected at a press conference this afternoon with Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg, Islanders owner Charles Wang, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

    Barclay's is already the home field of the Nets basketball team and its CEO, Brett Yornark will be attending the press conference as well.

    Ratner had said earlier that he was "trying like hell" to lure the Islanders to Brooklyn from Long Island and called a planned exhibition game against the Devils, which was canceled due to the NHL lockout, an audition for the city's newest arena.

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    I love this. Being from Long Island, I'd rather hear this than the team move to another state. This is great news for Islanders fans.

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    I think this was the inevitable resolution if they didn't get a new arena in Nassau County.

    The Coliseum is a **** hole, they haven't done anything to it in years.

    Charles Wang always said he wanted to keep the Islanders in NY and not move them to KC or another city so this is a really good idea.

    If they can't keep them on the island they should move to Brooklyn, protect the rivalry against the Rangers, Devils, etc etc.
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    Nothing could be any worse than the current situation.

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    They could accommodate the Barclay Center to have hockey much like they do MSG to have it.

    Necessity is the mother of invention, the Islanders couldn't get money out of Nassau County now they will just have to move the team to Brooklyn.

    If Long Island wanted them bad enough, they would have voted for a new arena.

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    it will be interesting. either it's going to be a pleasant surprise or a huge flop. maybe they can open up hockey to an untapped group of people.

    long island is really becoming the boondocks and a destination non residents have no need to go to(maybe thats the plan). i think jersey just over took it on the metro area food chain.

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    Apparently the arena can only seat 14,500 for NHL games which would make it the smallest NHL arena in the game (Winnipeg is the current smallest at 14,930 or somewhere in that ball park).

    While the current situation is no cake walk, I do not see how such a small facility seat wise can produce a better revenue for the franchise than it is now. Fewer seats usually means inflated prices and quite frankly, the Isles don't have a team (right now) that can put those people in those seats for that amount of money.

    I think it is great that they are moving on from Nassau but I don't really see how this is something of an improvement for the current financial state of the franchise itself

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    Would they be moving there for this up-coming season (if it happens) or when the Coliseum lease expires?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsa592 View Post
    Would they be moving there for this up-coming season (if it happens) or play this season at the Coliseum?
    They have a lease with Nassau county through the 2014/2015 season, once that is done they will be moving if all goes according to plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsa592 View Post
    Would they be moving there for this up-coming season (if it happens) or play this season at the Coliseum?
    Their lease with the Coliseum doesn't expire until 2015, so no it wouldn't probably be till then that they moved there.

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    Still think they should move the Isles out of NY and over to the West Coast. Now you'll have 3 franchise within 15 miles of each other taking revenue from one another.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OneManIsNoMan View Post
    Still think they should move the Isles out of NY and over to the West Coast. Now you'll have 3 franchise within 15 miles of each other taking revenue from one another.
    It won't matter, Ranger fans are Rangers fans, Devils fans are Devils fans, and Islander fans are Islander fans.

    It doesn't affect attendance with the Rangers and Devils being 7 miles away from each other, (or one stop on the NJ Transit line) i dont think it will matter much here.

    All it does is open the Islanders up to different fans in Brooklyn, maybe lose some of their fans on the island (but the Island hasn't been kind to the Islanders for quite some time anyway because the team has sucked besides the die harders)

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