The New York “Hockey” Islanders have announced they will leave Brooklyn for greener pastures. According to published reports today the Islanders are locked, loaded and ready to return to Nassau County in a new arena. Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup (Dec 19).
ESPN reported today that “the Islanders’ proposal for an arena to be constructed next to the Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont has been selected as the winning bid, according to Newsday and multiple reports. In addition a formal announcement featuring Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected Wednesday. The Islanders were vying with New York City FC of Major League Soccer to develop the area around the racetrack. This along with the soccer team hoping to build a 26,000-seat open-air stadium. Another group also had submitted a proposal to Empire State Development in September.”
The report also stated that “the Islanders will be able to begin their project: an 18,000-seat arena that would host around 150 events each year. And in addition a hotel, a retail village and a 10,000-square-foot “innovation center” that will be developed with the community. The team is partnering with Sterling Project Development — run by the Wilpon family. The Wilpon group owns the New York Mets and Oak View Group, which is also spearheading the redevelopment of KeyArena in Seattle for potential NHL expansion.”
The stay for the Islanders relocated at Barclays Center was temporary. They moved from Nassau to Brooklyn in 2015. Furthermore the ESPN briefing also mentioned that “the move was met with immediate resistance from Islanders fans, as the arena wasn’t built for hockey. There are hundreds of seats with obstructed views of the ice, and the scoreboard above the rink was off-center. Capacity for hockey in Brooklyn is 15,795, the second-smallest in the NHL.”
Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky has said that there was no “Plan B” if the Belmont bid failed. Hence putting the future of the franchise in doubt with no alternative. Currently, Seattle, Houston and Quebec City are all seeking NHL teams for relocation.
The Islanders solid play so far in 2017 has resulted in the franchise gaining steam in the NHL Futures chart at South Point Race and Sportsbook. Consequently the Isles’ opening 40-to-1 to win the 2018 Stanley Cup was updated to 25-to-1 on Monday.
Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup (Dec 19)