October 11, 2011
Brooklyn can be the Anchor that keeps the Islanders!
Brooklyn and the Barclays Center can be the Islanders saving grace when all is said and done. Gary Bettman is on record as saying that the league will avoid relocation at all cost. That the league will go out of their way to keep a team in their current market if there are people willing to own them and an arena suitable for hockey (Just look at how the league is fighting for the Coyotes). The Barclays Center offers an arena that will be suitable for hockey, and if Wang doesn't want to own the team in Brooklyn there will be others willing to give it a try. There are three possible ways that Brooklyn can end up saving the Islanders. Two involve Wang and one doesn't:
1) Brooklyn becomes a temporary home for the Isles and Wang continues his search for a new arena in the area when the economy recovers.
2) Wang moves the team to and gets the three things I mentioned in my previous post on the topic to make it the Isles permanent home.
3) Wang sells the team to someone willing to move the team to Brooklyn or the league takes over and looks for an owner in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is the Islanders safety net that will prevent them in my move from going to Quebec, Kansas City, or Seattle.