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08:33 AM ET 08.03 | The developer and owner of Brooklyn's Barclays Center isn't content with merely one professional franchise in the building, and he's putting forth an effort to attract an NHL club as well. "And I am trying like [heck] to get the Islanders to make Barclays Center their new hockey home," Bruce Ratner told the New York Daily News on Wednesday, reiterating his desire to pull the Isles to Brooklyn. ... Ratner believes his state-of-the-art facility can hold hockey for more than just a passing game or two. The building, which holds 14,500 for hockey according to Ratner, already has ice and locker rooms to accommodate both major sports and was built with the foresight of "easily" supporting a hockey team.

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August 3, 2012  08:42 AM ET

no no no no no

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August 3, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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no no no no no

I agree coz then we wouldn't have Wang to spank anymore.

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August 3, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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14,500? Still beats the Isles' current attendance average.

notice they said that's what the barn holds...outside of a NYR game, The Islaners couldn't draw 14.5k if it was N_U_D_E Women's Curling team night

August 3, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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notice they said that's what the barn holds...outside of a NYR game, The Islaners couldn't draw 14.5k if it was N_U_D_E Women's Curling team night

awesome....but probably bad naked............

August 3, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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notice they said that's what the barn holds...outside of a NYR game, The Islaners couldn't draw 14.5k if it was N_U_D_E Women's Curling team night

It's better on TV.

August 3, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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awesome....but probably bad naked............

Maybe, but certainly worth a gander I'd say
Or even a goose!

August 3, 2012  09:19 AM ET

I'd love to see the move to Brooklyn. I don't see what's wrong with this notion at all. There's currently no public transportation to the Nassau Coliseum. Moving to Barclays you could have plenty of fans commute via trains.

Bottom line is, they need to do something. Time and options are running out for Wang.

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August 3, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Not that easy to move them there. They would be closer to the Rangers and to the Devils, neither team might want that.

August 3, 2012  10:07 AM ET

"And I am trying like [heck] to get the Islanders to make Barclays Center their new hockey home," Bruce Ratner told the New York Daily News"

I hate his Rush Hour movies.

August 3, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Move the team, change the jerseys. Come on, isn't time they changed the unis to, you know, something good?

August 3, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Move the team, change the jerseys. Come on, isn't time they changed the unis to, you know, something good?

You don't like the classic NYI jerseys? I sure do. When they try and get fancy with their colors and logo is when it looks awful.

August 3, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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I agree coz then we wouldn't have Wang to spank anymore.

I/ve been out of town. Has Semin signed anywhere yet?

August 3, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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notice they said that's what the barn holds...outside of a NYR game, The Islaners couldn't draw 14.5k if it was N_U_D_E Women's Curling team night

Hurry hard !!!!!

August 3, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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You don't like the classic NYI jerseys? I sure do. When they try and get fancy with their colors and logo is when it looks awful.

I certainly like them better than anything else they've tried. They've tried to change it and failed miserably. There's just something about the classics that puts me off...it must be the orange. I stand firm in my stance--no one likes orange.

August 3, 2012  10:22 AM ET

Ok found part of my question answered. The Rangers and Islanders have an agreement that allows the Islanders to move anywhere in Nassau or Suffolk County, Queens or Brooklyn. This stems back to the Islanders paying the Rangers $4.5 million to move to Long Island in 1972 when they joined the league, Don't think the Devils would come into play. Could be good for the Islanders.

August 3, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Semin signed one year deal with Hurricanes.

 
August 3, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Could any Islanders fans here explain to me what happened to this once proud franchise over the last 20 years? I am a Flyers fan, and we had some great battles with the Islanders in the 1980's, and THEY were a our true rival before the Pens/Devils became relevant in the league in the 1990's. Is the ownership just plain stupid and doesn't know how to run a team? Is the ownership cheap like many baseball teams where making a profit is more important then winning? Or is just the saturation in the NY market competing with the Devils and Rangers?

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