Gallof: Isles Preseason Game In Brooklyn?; Tavares Officially An All-Star

Wang Appears Ready To Kick The Tires On Possible Future Homes

By B.D. Gallof,

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Is this a preemptive strike?

As I first reported on Twitter on Thursday the Islanders are in discussions to host a preseason game next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the future home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

This is not the first time the Islanders have used another venue to push the reality that at the end of the 2014-15 season their lease with Nassau Coliseum ends. During the 2008-09 season when Kansas City was considered their hot relocation destination, the Islanders announced they’d be taking on the Los Angeles Kings in a preseason game the following season at the brand-new downtown Spirit Center.

While there has been no movement between the Islanders and Nassau County on a new or refurbished arena, and a clear message has been sent that the team is not presently for sale, more possible routes could open if Brooklyn, Suffolk County or Queens were to make guarantees.

In fact, when asked about the lack of chatter since Aug. 1’s failed referendum vote and how now the county is now looking for developers, a source in Executive Ed Mangano’s administration said, “It will be a small miracle if they can even get it off the ground and keep the team here.  I really believe the Isles are going to Brooklyn, barring divine intervention.”

Well, it seems the Islanders have that same idea as they are exploring some options as they bide their time until the lease term ends.

Please stay with for further updates to this story later Thursday.

All-Star nod for Tavares

John Tavares has been everything and more for the Islanders during the season’s first half and on Thursday was rewarded for it by being named to the NHL All-Star game.

With 14 goals and 25 assists, Tavares is basically averaging a point per game. The third-year franchise center is on pace to easily surpass his career-high 67-point total from last season and is currently 11 points behind league leader Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.

NHL All-Star Weekend is Jan. 28-29 in Ottawa.

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Do you like the idea of the Isles playing a preseason game in Brooklyn? Are you happy Tavares got an All-Star nod? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. …

  • csk

    wait until you see how excited Brooklyn will be to have the Nets

    Islanders to Brooklyn would be a great development for all

  • LI'er

    I am happy to see Wang looking into options. Screw Nassau county and Kate Murray. I was hoping the would come out to suffolk county but Brooklyn is a hell of a lot better than Kansas. Congratulations to John on the All Star pick. It is well deserved.

  • Isles27

    Not too thrilled about a move to Bklyn because of the Manhattan like traffic in Downtown Bklyn and having to deal with the BQE and I would rather not take the LIRR to games and have to deal with their schedules but a least they would still be in the area but I can’t believe they would build a arena and not make it hockey friendly. If they were to move out of Nassau I would prefer Queens over Bklyn. This notion that some people have that the Isles would be drawing much better right now if they were playing in the city is absurd, with their losing track record over the past 20 years or so they would not be drawing much better if they were playing in the city. Winning on a consistent basis and going farther then round 1 in the playoffs once in a while would help attendance a lot. Personally I would like to see a whole entertainment center with gambling and a arena built at Belmont but who knows what’s going to happen. As far as Tavares, well deserved, a guy who always gives 100% creates many scoring chances for himself and his linemates and makes the players playing with him better and a guy who, without a doubt, should be given the “C” in the near future.

  • Mike

    Flushing Meadow park has tons of extra room

  • anthony c

    I love the idea of the isles playing a pre-season game in brooklyn. To hell with nassau county. If anyone believes something will get done in uniondale, then you are obviously living in a reality that has no common sense and are oblivious to the fact that nothing has been done to either refurbish the coliseum or build a new arena on that land for close to 20 years. And I am thrilled that tavares got slected to the all-star game. The man deserves it.

  • OJ

    Would love it if they play the game in Brooklyn. I became an Isles fan because they were my suburb team, but if that’s what they have to do to stay local, then so be it. Screw Nassau! Also, to the first poster, Brooklyn would probably be more lucrative for the team despite the supposed loss of seats. There will be way more suites and luxury seats, and the NYC factor pretty much guarantees more money than the suburbs can provide. I am holding out hope for something to get settled in Nassau County, but if it can’t happen, this is pretty much the next best thing. If the preseason game is a success, it will all but ensure that the NHL will not allow the team to relocate further away than Brooklyn, as there will surely be someone out there willing to own an NHL franchise playing in the brand new Barclays Center.

  • Brian Daniel Gallof

    Earlier this season reps from Barclays met with the NHL. Not sure what they talked about or what it pertained to…but one can now make that supposition it is connected to this.

  • Jet Set 113

    Are there any rules against the Isles moving to Brooklyn and playing in a smaller arena? I realize it would be less money for the team (or would it?), but the new arena there in BK would be perfect for the Isles! Nassau should get what they pay for…don’t want more taxes? Fine, you don’t get a new convention center and a team.

    • anthony c

      there are no rules. When the isles 1st came into the NHL, they paid the rangers a territoy fee or something like that if they ever wanted to build an arena closer to the city such as brooklyn or queens then the rangers wouldn’t be able to say no. So if the isles say they will move to the barclay’s center after the lease expires in the summer of 2015, then the rangers can’t do a thing to stop them.

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