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08:34 AM ET 09.23 | The Islanders can't keep pace with the Rangers' renovation, but they can dream. Architects, engineers, government officials and labor leaders Wednesday unveiled a $346.5 million proposal to renovate the Nassau Coliseum and turn the surrounding 77 acres into a sports-entertainment complex. But the development, for which the builder would have to secure financing, drew noncommittal responses from key players, including County Executive Edward Mangano, the Town of Hempstead and Islanders owner Charles Wang. ... [Under the plan] a private developer would spend $100 million to renovate and expand the existing Coliseum. The height of the arena would increase by as much as 25 feet, and there would be between 17,000 and 20,000 seats.

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September 23, 2011  09:24 AM ET

How did I get here??? What is this ... hockey ...

September 23, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Wouldn't it be easier just to move them to Quebec?

September 23, 2011  09:30 AM ET

Isleman, Isleman, friendly neighbourhood Isleman.

September 23, 2011  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Isleman, Isleman, friendly neighbourhood Isleman.

I'll stand in for him...They've got a good, young, up and coming team who in the near future will be a force to be reckoned with...How's that.

Actually, if they could ditch Rickety between the pipes they are building a nice foundation.

September 23, 2011  10:09 AM ET

It's tiring hearing about all these proposals to fix the arena, build up the area, and 'boost the local economy". It's to the point that I don't even take these proposals seriously anymore.

Rickety won't play 20 games this year. I'd like to see a tandem of Nabaokov and Montoya this year. Bury Rickety, his contract, and his 'woe is me' attitude in the minors until he proves he can withstand the grind of 30-40 games.

September 23, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Isleman, Isleman, friendly neighbourhood Isleman.

Will he jump on this thread? Check the posts, straight ahead..Hey there? Where goes the Isleman?

September 23, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Will he jump on this thread? Check the posts, straight ahead..Hey there? Where goes the Isleman?

Nice.

Ya gotta admit it's more fun than actually discussing the Isles.

September 23, 2011  10:19 AM ET

The town of hempstead already blew up the original lighthouse project which was actually a pretty good idea. You could build a new arena for the amount of scratch they are proposing though. Moving the team would probably be cheaper.

Didn't they already have a vote about this? I was almost certain they did and the people of the surrounding locales basically voted the Islanders off the island. I could have sworn that Wangburger came out and said this is it, there is no plan B, and the people voted basically, that they would rather have the islanders move than pony up. I thought that's what happened. Wasn't it?

September 23, 2011  10:46 AM ET

Wang should have just accepted the revised version of the Lighthouse Project in the first place.

September 23, 2011  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Will he jump on this thread? Check the posts, straight ahead..Hey there? Where goes the Isleman?

In the still of night he arrives just in time

September 23, 2011  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't it be easier just to move them to Quebec?

At the moment, it's a race between Quebec and Long Island to see which place will build/renovate a building quicker to hold a NHL team. The winner gets the Isles.

September 23, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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and whose Wang does not have a mind of its own anyways

Hey, Wang, it's a parking lot!

September 23, 2011  11:31 AM ET

There is not a lot of optimism for the future of the team getting better when they are going to surround the arena with 77 acres of .... A sports ENTERTAINMENT complex.

September 23, 2011  11:39 AM ET
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There is not a lot of optimism for the future of the team getting better when they are going to surround the arena with 77 acres of .... A sports ENTERTAINMENT complex.

Ed Snider is doing something similar on the site of the Spectrum. It sounds like a good idea if it's done right.

September 23, 2011  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

There is not a lot of optimism for the future of the team getting better when they are going to surround the arena with 77 acres of .... A sports ENTERTAINMENT complex.

Where you been Bondo?

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September 23, 2011  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't it be easier just to move them to Quebec?

there's a line...and i don't think that the Isles are at the front of it (sad as that may be)

September 23, 2011  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

At the moment, it's a race between Quebec and Long Island to see which place will build/renovate a building quicker to hold a NHL team. The winner gets the Isles.

well, as I posted yesterday, the clearing of bill 204 in the Aseemblee Nationale just heated things up. They better start moving on the Isle because the gantlet just got thrown down.

September 23, 2011  12:15 PM ET
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there's a line...and i don't think that the Isles are at the front of it (sad as that may be)

I would think Phoenix would go there before the Isles did.

 
September 23, 2011  12:22 PM ET
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I would think Phoenix would go there before the Isles did.

Hold your breath. And I didn't forget Don't.

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