The New York Islanders Are Headed To Brooklyn

On April 28, 2012, I wrote an article at Islanders Op-Timism saying that, personally, I believed the Islanders would stay because Nassau County would get its act together and strike a deal with Charles Wang. I was wrong.

In this same article, I stated, ”I don’t think Wang wants to sell. I think he actually wants to be here. He’s also losing a lot of money every year. He’s a fan, but it’s also his business. If the County wants to test him, then he will leave. There’s no time for games other than the one on the ice.” It appears the clock has run out, and a lot sooner than I thought it would. The New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn. The move should be announced today at 1 PM EST.

It’s a sad day for Long Island, and politics are to blame. Of course, I’m not going to get into that, but I’m going to say that it’s not all bad

If the rumors are true, the Islanders are expected to sign a 25-year lease with the Barclays Center, which means the Islanders will have a permanent (and brand new) home for many years to come.  It’s not in Kansas City, or Quebec. It’s a new beginning, and something Islanders fans should be happy with.

The Islanders also find themselves in positive headline for the first time in a long time. It may not have been what we wanted to happen, but it was a much needed move for the Islanders, its fans, and the players involved. The Islanders now have “relevance” again, even if they put the same team on the ice.

This relevance will only give hockey a boost in New York. The Islanders will no longer be the little brother to the New York Rangers. The (Brooklyn) Islanders will be right in the middle of things in NYC, and you better believe this rivalry is going to benefit from it. Islanders-Rangers has grown stale (to outsiders) over the past decade, and now it’s time to revive that. Hockey in NYC has meaning again. Winter Classic, anyone?

By the way, if you think you’re going to get the “same old Isles,” well, you will not. The Islanders will become contenders in Brooklyn. Brooklyn will attract stars, and whoever owns this team, whether it be Charles Wang or anyone else, this team will spend, and they will produce a winner. There are no more excuses. Players will not shy away because of the Nassau Coliseum. Suddenly, the Islanders look alive, and not decrepit like their old arena. The world may begin to see the Islanders as a team with a future, which has been overshadowed by the lack of a future for the franchise. Yes, these Islanders have talent, and yes, they will now spend on more.

Again, I’m sorry. I’m sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up. Mine were up. Only positives from here, though. I have to say, I’m not nearly as sad as I thought I would be when this day came. If anything, Islanders fans should rejoice. We can finally say we have found some closure. We can finally put this mess to bed. We will not be dragged back and forth anymore. There’s no more weight on my shoulders.

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  1. KO21 says:

    It’s a bitter sweet realization

    • ChrisTriants says:

      Certainly is. I can honestly say I dreaded the thought every single day, and then it surprised me yesterday. Once it happened, I felt a dark cloud was lifted. I’m happy about it, and the Islanders can finally move forward. Suddenly, we are not a circus.

      • KO21 says:

        No more convenient excuses for Wang and Snow that the arena is holding FA’s back from signing here. It’s will be an instant shot in the arm of this organization. But its up to Wang to take advantage of the situation and put a competitive team on the ice.

        It just angers me that Nassau and the ToH failed to keep them where they should be. Its a travesty for Long Island and I feel bad for those that will lose their jobs because of this. There will be no more Marriot either. How about all those people that are out of a job who work at the hotel? The politicians should have to give up their own salaries to make up for all the lost revenues.

        • ChrisTriants says:

          You are absolutely right. No more convenient excuses, although I think the excuses were as true as they could be. I’m excited to see where they go moving forward, but remember, they will not stray from the course, but now should have the ability to add the pieces they saw fit i.e. Paul Martin, etc.

          I agree that this is a terrible thing for Nassau. It’s a shame, and it’s a result of greed and everyone’s selfish need to get their hands on something that could have been so great for the community. Nassau is not a great place for people unless they are 50+ or kids. This will drive people out, and will keep people from coming in. The results will be seen in the long-term. It’s definitely a sad day for Long Island…great time to be an Islanders fan, though.

          • RobJ74 says:

            The Isles leaving town is a sign of the times. I’m a 38 year old divorced guy with no kids. So I ask myself, so whats keeping me on Long Island? The only real answer is that my small immediate family is here. Maybe its time for a fresh start and I can take the Isles leaving as a my cue…

          • ChrisTriants says:

            Ha, I’m 22 and I have no reason to be here. The place is a ghost town, and it’s a shame that Long Island couldn’t figure away to keep the team here. Nothing here on Long Island…so yea, my cue also.

          • RobJ74 says:

            I would live to switch numbers…lol