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New York Islanders moving to Brooklyn following 2014-15 season

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11:09 AM ET 10.24 | There may be a lockout but there is about to be some big news in the NHL. The New York Islanders are holding a press conference at 1:00 pm ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York where they were scheduled to play a pre-season game on October 2nd. Of course, the lockout ended those plans but what could the announcement be? Per multiple reports, the Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn. The news will officially be announced at the press conference that the Islanders plan to relocate to Brooklyn when the lease with Long Island ends. The Islanders lease on Long Island expires at end of 2014-15 season. The following season, the Islanders will leave Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and have their brand new home in downtown Brooklyn. The next question is - do the Islanders now need a name change?

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October 24, 2012  11:38 AM ET

maybe lockout will be over by then...............

October 24, 2012  11:40 AM ET

Great news!!! So glad to hear this finally came to a resolution. With the LIRR going there, the close proximity to NYC and a new arena, maybe they'll be able to get some big ticket players. By 2015, they possibly could be pretty damn good at that point anyway.

<sigh of relief>

October 24, 2012  11:53 AM ET

It will be the smallest arena in the league attendance wise.

October 24, 2012  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Great news!!! So glad to hear this finally came to a resolution. With the LIRR going there, the close proximity to NYC and a new arena, maybe they'll be able to get some big ticket players. By 2015, they possibly could be pretty damn good at that point anyway.<sigh of relief>

Well there is a name that of a defunct franchise that played in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Americans

October 24, 2012  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It will be the smallest arena in the league attendance wise.

That'll make it look fuller

October 24, 2012  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It will be the smallest arena in the league attendance wise.

I would think they'd try to make some modifications to the arena to accomodate more fans. They have a few years to prep for it and make those adjustments.

What does the Jets arena hold?

October 24, 2012  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Great news!!! So glad to hear this finally came to a resolution. With the LIRR going there, the close proximity to NYC and a new arena, maybe they'll be able to get some big ticket players. By 2015, they possibly could be pretty damn good at that point anyway.<sigh of relief>

Wang should buy out though....go sooner....

October 24, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Wang should buy out though....go sooner....

Are you talking about buying out the lease? If so, I completely agree. I would love that.

We need a season first.......

October 24, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Are you talking about buying out the lease? If so, I completely agree. I would love that. We need a season first.......

well the other side of this is, it'll prove their relevance once and for all. when The Devils moved to a more accesible arena, it should have help them attendance wise (I don't know if it did) by getting rid of the excuse (valid as it may have been, it's a pain to get there) that the olde barn was bad for attendance.
If the league os loising money like it says, (big contracts be damned) they have to realistically look at contraction

October 24, 2012  12:24 PM ET

why not worry about filling the arena to capacity to start and then if/when that happens worrying about expanding

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October 24, 2012  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

they have to realistically look at contraction

Face it it's not going to happen

October 24, 2012  12:29 PM ET

<<<<< The old logo there is also a pic in my gallery of the old Americans jersey

October 24, 2012  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Isles ARE on their way up...IMO they'll be competitive in a couple seasons.

Agree just in time for their last season at Nassau

October 24, 2012  12:45 PM ET

Well they don't need to change the name since Brooklyn is on Long Island, but it would be cool if they did change the name to the Brooklyn Islanders and take up the same black and white color scheme that the Nets are going with.

October 24, 2012  12:49 PM ET

how about the Brooklyn Gorillas, makes you all fuzzy inside.

or...the Brooklyn Outlaws, we'll rob you blind.

or...the Brooklyn Bandits, Brooklyn Bombers, the Beast of Brooklyn or the Brooklyn Beast

October 24, 2012  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Well they don't need to change the name since Brooklyn is on Long Island, but it would be cool if they did change the name to the Brooklyn Islanders and take up the same black and white color scheme that the Nets are going with.

So they would be as bland and dumb as the Nets jersey's then?

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October 24, 2012  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

So they would be as bland and dumb as the Nets jersey's then?

I can't imagine they'll change the colors and logo.

 
October 24, 2012  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I can't imagine they'll change the colors and logo.

Nor I

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