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09:27 AM ET 06.03 | So who was that commissioner of a professional sports league seen exiting the Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center subway stop and then hurrying across the street to enter the new Brooklyn arena on Friday afternoon? Why, informants tell us he looked suspiciously like Gary Bettman, who could have been trying to score tickets to the Sept. 28 Jay-Z that will open the arena, might have been checking out the location of the suite from which he would watch the Oct. 2 Islanders-Devils exhibition match if it's not canceled by a lockout, but may also have been visiting the office of developer and owner Bruce Ratner to chat about the possibility of, oh well, an NHL team moving to Brooklyn.

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June 3, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Nothing like a nice Buttgoblin thread to get the blood pumping on a lazy Sunday.

June 3, 2012  09:51 AM ET

How about a compromise? Move them to Quebec but let them keep the name New York Islanders?

June 3, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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How about a compromise? Move them to Quebec but let them keep the name New York Islanders?

Why not? Giants and Jets play in NJ but kept the name New York.

June 3, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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Why not? Giants and Jets play in NJ but kept the name New York.

Exactly. By the way I heard rumor that they played a hockey game last night. They said that LA won again in OT. Doesn't look good for the Devils now.

June 3, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Exactly. By the way I heard rumor that they played a hockey game last night. They said that LA won again in OT. Doesn't look good for the Devils now.

Agreed.....

June 3, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Kansas City is still waiting. Our elite arena could be ready to house the islanders tomorrow. And for you people that say Kansas City could do it, we are consistently selling out the 19,000 seats at the brand new Live Strong Park for the Sporting Kansas City Soccer games, we sold out almost 100 straight games for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Royals still get good attendence numbers despite having an apathetic owner and a team that has finished miserably in the standings for 27 years straight. Hockey would succeed at a high level if the owner took an active interest in the community and was committed to winning. The sporting KC owner just paid a million in fines for showing replays the MLS didn't want him to show,but he came out on record saying it was the best million he ever spent because it riled up the fans and helped his team win games. Personally, I don't want to take an NHL team with an established tradition and market, like the Islanders, away from their fans. However, whatever team comes available next needs to sop flirting with my city and just get a deal done. No, we will not show up for exhibition games. We are tired of being jerked around by everyone who wants a new arena. We've been used by the Penguins, Predators, and even the Islanders during their stadium pursuit. Stop skrewing around and give us a team to support already! We would have natural rivalries with St. Louis, Denver, Minnesota, Dallas, and Chicago. Make it happen!

June 3, 2012  11:00 AM ET

The photo says "Barclays Center."

So I'm assuming that's Sir Charles in the white hardhat.

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June 3, 2012  12:17 PM ET

I'm getting really tired of this re-thread. it would make much more sense to just move to brooklyn than to build a new stadium in long island.

June 3, 2012  12:18 PM ET
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Taint gonna happen. I truly sorry that you don't have a home team to cheer for as you appear to be very passionate about hockey, but equating sellouts for soccer and football to full scale support for an NHL team in your area is a bit of a stretch.

plus new stadium plans in seattle, san fran & quebec city.

June 3, 2012  12:18 PM ET
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Taint gonna happen. I truly sorry that you don't have a home team to cheer for as you appear to be very passionate about hockey, but equating sellouts for soccer and football to full scale support for an NHL team in your area is a bit of a stretch.

not to mention that seattle has a stadium plan on the go, as well as san francisco & quebec city.

June 3, 2012  12:18 PM ET

The city the NHL needs to consider is Oklahoma City they have the building and the fan base.

June 3, 2012  12:27 PM ET
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Kansas City is still waiting. Our elite arena could be ready to house the islanders tomorrow. And for you people that say Kansas City could do it, we are consistently selling out the 19,000 seats at the brand new Live Strong Park for the Sporting Kansas City Soccer games, we sold out almost 100 straight games for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Royals still get good attendence numbers despite having an apathetic owner and a team that has finished miserably in the standings for 27 years straight. Hockey would succeed at a high level if the owner took an active interest in the community and was committed to winning. The sporting KC owner just paid a million in fines for showing replays the MLS didn't want him to show,but he came out on record saying it was the best million he ever spent because it riled up the fans and helped his team win games. Personally, I don't want to take an NHL team with an established tradition and market, like the Islanders, away from their fans. However, whatever team comes available next needs to sop flirting with my city and just get a deal done. No, we will not show up for exhibition games. We are tired of being jerked around by everyone who wants a new arena. We've been used by the Penguins, Predators, and even the Islanders during their stadium pursuit. Stop skrewing around and give us a team to support already! We would have natural rivalries with St. Louis, Denver, Minnesota, Dallas, and Chicago. Make it happen!

Well I'm kinda expecting the team in Newark to end up there going full circle KC Scouts= Colorado Rockies= New Jersey Devils= KC & the sunshine band

June 3, 2012  12:38 PM ET
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plus new stadium plans in seattle, san fran & quebec city.

KC is definitely in the 2hd tier behind Seattle and QC Don't see San Fran getting a team as San Jose would be encroached on had never thought of OKC and I know they have an AHL team there don't know how they draw though Vegas if they put an arena in is in between the 1st tier and the bunch led by KC

June 3, 2012  12:40 PM ET
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I'm getting really tired of this re-thread. it would make much more sense to just move to brooklyn than to build a new stadium in long island.

Well get used to it we are going to see it at least weekly till 2015

June 3, 2012  12:53 PM ET
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KC is definitely in the 2hd tier behind Seattle and QC Don't see San Fran getting a team as San Jose would be encroached on had never thought of OKC and I know they have an AHL team there don't know how they draw though Vegas if they put an arena in is in between the 1st tier and the bunch led by KC

ever been out there? The time & distance between downtown san fran & san jose is pretty much Montreal & Ottawa. I was amazed when I drove it because on the map it looks like a half hour drive.

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June 3, 2012  01:09 PM ET
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And Markham! Don't forget Markham!

absolutely. it escaped me...I'm still half asleep.

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