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Not that anyone blames them.

Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank had a story today that the says the Isles are looking to arrange a deal with Nassau County to get out of the Coliseum and into Brooklyn a year early, which makes perfect sense.

Leaving Nassau Coliseum a year earlier would enable the Islanders to begin capitalizing on revenue streams in Brooklyn, while not playing as lame duck tenants at the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike any longer than possible.

A source with knowledge of the team’s internal discussions has told Point Blank that “without question” the Islanders will play next season, the 2013-14 season, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

I like the idea of next year being a “farewell tour” of sorts to the Coliseum and surrounding area that’s been a great home for the franchise for many years, but two more years does seem a bit painful. Here’s to hoping this gets done, the team gets an official final season in the old barn, and that they get to Brooklyn sooner than later. It’ll certainly be a lot easier to attract free agents after the move happens.

(Stick-tap to @PhillipMSchwart)

Comments (2)

  1. Don’t free agents also require payment?

  2. No teams are winning Stanley Cups from ‘attracting free agents’. The only players that hit free agency are the ones the original team has viewed as not worth the money. Every successful team has built their club mostly through the draft. That’s not to say you cannot pick up complementary pieces through free agency but you need a strong core and the Isles are building a very good one.

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