August 31, 2012
Newsday's recent article on the Islanders and Brooklyn had some positive and less positive news on Brooklyn. Let's start with the less positive, only 7,000 tickets have been sold for the October 2nd at the Barclays Center. However, like the article has mentioned the Barclays Center hasn't aggressively marketed the game yet. Another issue that might be effecting ticket sales is the labor disputes that will most likely cancel the game.
Now on to the positive news on Brooklyn, deputy commissioner of the NHL was quoted as saying "a potential move by the Islanders to Atlantic Avenue remains "an intriguing possibility." This statement is the most positive one the league has made by the league yet.
August 23, 2012
There really hasn't been much new on the arena front for Islander fans. Nassau is still in the middle of their RFQ process. One of the developers interested in the site dropped out since he felt not enough time was given for him to present his vision. The only developer who has publicly stated he wants the Islanders as part of his development was Monti. However, the zoning seems to still be an issue and so does financing, but we will find out more on those issues after the RFQ winner is announced. More importantly we will also find out if Wang would be interested in working with one of these developers.
In the mean time Ratner is still making public pleas for the Islanders to move to Brooklyn. In all honesty its nice to hear someone say "We're trying like hell to convince the Islanders play in Brooklyn". It is just nice to be wanted by someone and someplace after the mess the franchise has gone through in Nassau.
Sadly for us Islander fans there still seems to be along way to go before this saga is over.
P.S. Yes I am still alive. It has been along and busy summer, but I'm back.