NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman questioned the viability of an Islanders move to Brooklyn, during his 90-minute state-of-the-league address to the Associated Press Sports Editors at the NHL offices in New York City.
"Barclays, I suppose, on some level, is an option," Bettman was quoted as saying by Newsday. "But I'm not sure how effective it can serve the fan base that principally is in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It's not that easy to get to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. So it's not anything that's been focused on, other than the Islanders are going to play a preseason game there."
While the Nassau Coliseum is centrally located just off the Meadowbrook parkway, which connects with LIE, Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway, the Barclays Center may be even more convenient since it is located right in the middle of a transportation hub. That has been one major thing Nassau Coliseum has lacked since its’ opening. The building has very little options as far as public transportation is concerned.
Bettman’s comments are especially puzzling since the Barclays Center has plenty of ways for fans to get out to Brooklyn to catch a game.
For fans coming from Nassau or Suffolk County, a hop on the Long Island Rail Road with a transfer at Jamaica would get them to a game. Similar to how fans from Long Island would get to a New York Mets or Yankees game. And for fans in Queens, there are 11 bus lines that make stops at the new Brooklyn arena and 12 subway lines that stop there.
So to summarize, Mets fans can utilize public transportation 81 times a year, but Islander fans cannot. Makes sense right? Not to mention Ranger fans who do it to get to Madison Square Garden. Or Knick fans.
Bettman did go on to say that the league is continuing to help the Islanders explore their options “in the metropolitan area” and that the team has not currently discussed moving outside of the New York Area.
"[Charles Wang] wants to do the right thing for the fans on Long Island,” Bettman said. “Let's be clear: He bought the Islanders to have them on Long Island. But he's not getting a lot of help or cooperation."
The NHL Commissioner took several digs at Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead saying that they seem unwilling or unable to deal with the Coliseum situation. Adding that they don’t seem invested in having a new arena.
Both Bettman and Wang have both repeatedly said that the Islanders will not play in Nassau Coliseum past 2015.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers fell in the opening game of their playoff series with the Connecticut Whale, 3-0, last night in Bridgeport.
It wasn’t until the third period that either team scored. Kelsey Tessier scored 1:03 into the period and put the Whale ahead 1-0. The Whale scored their second goal of the game at 9:38, when Jordan Owens put one past the Sound Tigers’ Kevin Poulin.
Ryan Bourque scored the third and final goal of the game at the 13:18 mark of the third period.
Poulin made 33 saves for Bridgeport in the loss, while Connecticut starter Cam Talbot made 42 saves to shut out the Sound Tigers.
Bridgeport will look to rebound on Saturday in game 2.
Below are more recaps of the Sound Tigers game 1 loss:
Whale Take Advantage – Defeat Sound Tigers In Game 1 - Eye on Isles
Talbot, Connecticut Whale deny Sound Tigers in Calder Cup playoff opener - Connecticut Post
Game 1: Check - Soundin’ Off
Whale Ride Hot Goaltender To 3-0 Shutout - Hartford Courantno comments
The islander announced today that assistant coaches Dean Chynoweth and Scott Allen will not be returning for the 2012-2013 campaign.
Both coaches joined the Isles coaching staff in 2009 under former head coach Scott Gordon and have been with the team since. Chynoweth was familiar with the organization having been a first round pick by the Islander in 1987. Allen had been an assistant in both the ECHL and AHL prior to joining the Islanders staff.
Chynoweth and Allen survived the coaching change from Scott Gordon to Jack Capuano in November of 2010 and lasted the full 2011-2012 season.
No replacements have been name by the Islanders.no comments
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers clinched the Northeast Division title last night after they defeated the Providence Bruins.
It is the first time the Sound Tigers have won the division since they did it during the 2001-2002 season. That year the Sound Tigers went all the way to the Calder Cup Finals lead by former Islander Trent Hunter and a young Rick Dipietro.
The win also locked up Bridgeport’s first round matchup, as they will meet the New York Rangers’ farm team, the Connecticut Whale.
The series is a best of three and it opens up on Thursday in Bridgeport. Game two will be at Webster Bank Arena, with games three and four in Hartford and game five, if necessary, back in Bridgeport.
Tickets for the playoffs are available here or you can go the old fashion route and call 1-800-745-3000.Bridgeport closes out the regular season with a home and home against the baby Pens tonight and tomorrow no comments
Color me surprised, John Tavares is moving on in the EA Sports NHL 13 cover tournament as the Islanders representative.
The first round saw Tavares go head-to-head with teammate Michael Grabner, with the person who received the most votes between the two moving on to the field of 32. Among the others advancing are stars like Ilya Kovalchuck of the New Jersey Devils and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
The second round begins today and runs until April 22. The top 16 vote getters will move on to the third round, which will be a round-by-round bracket style until two players remain. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards show on June 20.
Tavares has his work cut out for him since other players involved in the competition, like Scott Hartnell and David Perron, have taken to social media to campaign for fans votes.
Since Tavares doesn’t have a twitter account guess it’ll be on his buddies Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo to champion him online. If you’d like to vote just click here.no comments
The Islanders learned tonight that they’d be selecting fourth overall in this years NHL Draft.
The draft order is how most people expected it to turn out with one twist. The Maple Leafs will pick fifth, Montreal at three, and then the surprise of the Blue Jackets picking second and the Oilers picking first for the third year in a row.
For the Islanders it will be the fifth straight year that they will have a top five pick in the draft. They infamously traded down to take Josh Bailey in 2008, picked John Tavares number one in 2009, selected Nino Niederrieter fifth overall in 2010, and picked Ryan Strome fifth in 2011.
Some in “Islanders Country” are saying the Isles should trade the pick for an established top six forward or top four forward. A move like that would make plenty of sense given the Isles already deep pool of young talent in their farm system. Plus, the Islanders need help now rather than later and the biggest thing that will get them over the hump, and into the playoffs, would be an established forward or defensemen.
But tell us what you think. In the comments section play Islanders general manager, who do you pick? Do you trade the pick? Let us know.no comments
It may not be the Mega-Millions lottery everyone was talking about last week, but tonight the NHL holds its annual draft lottery at 8 p.m.
This is the fifth year the Islanders will be heading to lottery. They have 10.7% chance of having their name called and winning the “coveted” first pick in this year’s NHL Draft.
Below are percentages for the bottom five teams in the NHL:
Columbus Blue Jackets - 25.0%
Edmonton Oilers - 18.8%
Montreal Canadiens - 14.2%
New York Islanders - 10.7%
Toronto Maple Leafs - 8.1%
The NHL Draft Lottery will air tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and on TSN in Canada.no comments