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07:20 AM ET 07.08 | His proposed Lighthouse Project now a distant memory, Charles Wang is smiling again as his team points a future toward Brooklyn. The Islanders have two years left on their lease in Uniondale, but Wang has in some ways already started to move the team. Brett Yormark, the chief executive of the Nets and Barclays Center, now oversees ticket sales, suite sales and marketing for the Islanders. ... Yormark said he and Wang planned to keep Islanders' name and colors (which are the official colors of Nassau County). But he said they would seek new fans, including ethnic Russians and others who live in New York and may be hockey fans. The Islanders will receive a share of the revenue generated by suites used for hockey games.

The New York Times

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July 8, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Wang

July 8, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Chung

July 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Everybody Wang Chung tonight.

July 8, 2013  09:14 AM ET

I'm surprised that the mods haven't deleted your posts.

July 8, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm surprised that the mods haven't deleted your posts.

Give them time BF, give them time.

July 8, 2013  09:43 AM ET

has everyone seen the layout of that place (barclay) when it is "configured' for Hockey?
One of the nets has no seats behind it....The angles are all weird also.
I don't want to hear another word about a city not having an NHL quality arena. That place is a joke for hockey. And it holds what, 14k? If they couldn't agree to keep them in Nassau ****, they should hacve a tleast tried for something in Suffolk. Wang is a joke, and anyone that approved this (I am thinking of a particularly vertically challenged commisioner) should be locked n a room and forced to watch basketball Wives/Kardashians marathons

July 8, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

has everyone seen the layout of that place (barclay) when it is "configured' for Hockey?One of the nets has no seats behind it....The angles are all weird also.I don't want to hear another word about a city not having an NHL quality arena. That place is a joke for hockey. And it holds what, 14k? If they couldn't agree to keep them in Nassau ****, they should hacve a tleast tried for something in Suffolk. Wang is a joke, and anyone that approved this (I am thinking of a particularly vertically challenged commisioner) should be locked n a room and forced to watch basketball Wives/Kardashians marathons

If I recall correctly, U.S. Airways arena in Phoenix was configured much the same way. Hence, the move to a new arena in Glendale.

July 8, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

has everyone seen the layout of that place (barclay) when it is "configured' for Hockey?One of the nets has no seats behind it....The angles are all weird also.I don't want to hear another word about a city not having an NHL quality arena. That place is a joke for hockey. And it holds what, 14k? If they couldn't agree to keep them in Nassau ****, they should hacve a tleast tried for something in Suffolk. Wang is a joke, and anyone that approved this (I am thinking of a particularly vertically challenged commisioner) should be locked n a room and forced to watch basketball Wives/Kardashians marathons

It is terrible for hockey, that is saying it nicely.

July 8, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It is terrible for hockey, that is saying it nicely.

VERY nicely

July 8, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Shouldn't be too hard filling the place as the Islanders are putting together a really nice team...

July 8, 2013  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wang

He thinks he's a Don Wang?

July 8, 2013  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

has everyone seen the layout of that place (barclay) when it is "configured' for Hockey?One of the nets has no seats behind it....The angles are all weird also.I don't want to hear another word about a city not having an NHL quality arena. That place is a joke for hockey. And it holds what, 14k? If they couldn't agree to keep them in Nassau ****, they should hacve a tleast tried for something in Suffolk. Wang is a joke, and anyone that approved this (I am thinking of a particularly vertically challenged commisioner) should be locked n a room and forced to watch basketball Wives/Kardashians marathons

and if that doesn't work sit em down in front of any version of "Fake Housewives of who gives a crud "

July 8, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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Shouldn't be too hard filling the place as the Islanders are putting together a really nice team...

Absolutely. I wonder exactly how much "facility" actually plays into player signing interest?? I am sure it plays into it, but likely down the list aways.

July 8, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm surprised that the mods haven't deleted your posts.

Me too.

July 8, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Absolutely. I wonder exactly how much "facility" actually plays into player signing interest?? I am sure it plays into it, but likely down the list aways.

Here is the list.

1. Who is going to pay me the most, and give me the most years
2. Are better teams close to that (or teams in my hometown), where I might make a tiny bit less but be much happier.
3. If #2 isn't close to #1, then only #1 matters.
4. Everything else

July 8, 2013  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Absolutely. I wonder exactly how much "facility" actually plays into player signing interest?? I am sure it plays into it, but likely down the list aways.

probably hasn't mattered in years...since The Forum, The Gardens, (Maple Leaf, Boston and original MSG) etc. closed down to make way for all of the souless edifices out there now. It's like the 70's in MLB/NFL, when all of those cookie cutter stadiums (3 Rivers, riverfront, etc) were being buil.....t BORING

July 8, 2013  01:06 PM ET
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Here is the list. 1. Who is going to pay me the most, and give me the most years2. Are better teams close to that (or teams in my hometown), where I might make a tiny bit less but be much happier.3. If #2 isn't close to #1, then only #1 matters.4. Everything else

I think who the coach is plays more into it then the building also

July 8, 2013  01:08 PM ET
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probably hasn't mattered in years...since The Forum, The Gardens, (Maple Leaf, Boston and original MSG) etc. closed down to make way for all of the souless edifices out there now. It's like the 70's in MLB/NFL, when all of those cookie cutter stadiums (3 Rivers, riverfront, etc) were being buil.....t BORING

I know i am a minority MLB fan here , but some of the new baseball parks being built are absolutely gorgeous.

July 8, 2013  01:34 PM ET
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I know i am a minority MLB fan here , but some of the new baseball parks being built are absolutely gorgeous.

Lots of people enjoy mens and ladies bingo...the Vikes new football digs look to be pretty snazzy.

 
July 8, 2013  01:37 PM ET
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I know i am a minority MLB fan here , but some of the new baseball parks being built are absolutely gorgeous.

I agree, that was what i was getting at, albeit slowly. baltimore, Seattle, Pittsburgh...all cool and different. Houston always looked cool too, with that weird thing in centrefield

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