Just because the Islanders lease at Nassau Coliseum is up doesn't mean the drama with their former lease partner?Service Management Group Inc. (SMG) is over.

The Islanders filed a lawsuit against the arena management company, claiming that SMG "failed to fulfill the terms of an arena sublease and owes the club at least $1 million." SMG countered on Thursday by arguing that the Islanders defaulted on more than $10 million payments that the team owed before the July 31 expiration date of their lease at Nassau Coliseum. (Newsday, Aug. 20)

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For 43 year the Islanders have called Nassau Coliseum home. After the 2014-15 campaign ended, the team began their migration west to Brooklyn.

On Saturday, their departure became complete with the last signage of the team's presence at Nassau Coliseum coming down. Former Islanders Point Blank lead writer Kevin Schultz tweeted out a picture of a barren Nassau Coliseum.

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Nassau County is considering filing a lawsuit against Nassau Coliseum operator SMG to collect?nearly $6 million in unpaid rent, utilities, parking and concessions, as well as an additional $176,000 in back ticket taxes. (Newsday, May 19)

SMG owes the county money dating back to 2011, according to an audit conducted by comptroller George Maragos. He wants the county to file suit to collect the money.

"The county has every intention to collect the dollars owed and has been actively pursuing a resolution to make the county whole," said?County Attorney Carnell Foskey. (Newsday, May 19)

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As Islanders staffers started packing boxes, the team finished their last round of exit interviews and said one final goodbye to the Nassau Coliseum.

Thursday was a surreal feeling for the players as they went separate ways for the summer. The sting of their first round exit in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs still fresh and the realization that the Coliseum will no longer be their home starting to sink in.

"I couldn't help but think about it driving up here today," Josh Bailey said as he spoke with reporters one final time. "And walking down the hallway. It's sad, for sure."

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WASHINGTON -- When the celebrating was over and the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders met at center ice for the handshake line, the Isles found themselves in a familiar spot.

The Islanders were headed back to Long Island regardless of the outcome of Monday night's Game 7, but they were all hoping to be returning home as the victors instead of having their season end sooner than they wanted. They also wanted to extend their stay at Nassau Coliseum just one round longer.

They battled back in the third period -- something they've done so many times throughout the regular season -- but the battle tested Capitals just had more in the tank and came away on top.

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Howie Rose, who has served as the television voice of the Islanders for 20 years, is not hiding his anger over the franchise leaving Long Island (Berman, April 25).

?All that stuff, I just get angry, I?m pissed off they?re leaving,?? said?Rose, a Nassau County resident. ?I?m not happy about it in the least. I?m not yet in the process of trying to make sense of it in a historical standpoint that creates wistfulness. My blood boils thinking about them leaving. Sorry if I don?t have any flowery prose.??

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The National Hockey League, Nassau County, and Nassau Coliseum?are working with one another to beef up security for?Game 6 on Saturday, when the Islanders host the Washington Capitals (Newsday, Apr. 24).

The increased security comes in the wake of alleged incidents of Islanders fans mistreating Capitals fans during Game 3 and reports that fans stole seats from the building.

Nassau County Police have already said they will be adding additional uniformed and plain clothes officers around the arena, along with officers on horseback.

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WASHINGTON -- ?The Islanders are on the brink of elimination and their days at the Nassau Coliseum may be coming to an end if they do not win on Saturday in Game 6.

The Islanders trail their best-of-seven playoff series with the Washington Capitals three games to two after being badly outplayed in a?5-1 loss in Game 5 Thursday night. Now the series shifts back to Long Island for what could be the last time the Islanders skate on Nassau Coliseum ice.

The team understands the significance of the situation and Thomas Hickey said they won't have a similar performance to the one in?Game 5.

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There has been a running joke all season that at the end of the year fans would take their seats from the Nassau Coliseum home with them once the building closed.

Well it appears some fans are doing just that.

There are still some hockey games to be played in Uniondale, but fans reportedly took a couple seats with them after the Isles defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in overtime on Sunday.

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Alexander Ovechkin irked the Islanders faithfull on Saturday, when he made a remark doubting the Nassau Coliseum crowd would be as loud as the Verizon Center was in Game 2.

So Islander fans didn't hold back on Sunday when they packed the Coliseum for Game 3. Hours before the puck even dropped, fans filled the parking lot to tailgate and when they got into the building they didn't stop making noise.

"I didn't think it could be any louder than when we played Pittsburgh," Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said about the atmosphere. "But it was. It was just a lot of energy in the building tonight and that's what it's about."

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The master plans for the renovated Nassau Coliseum will be submitted to the town on Hempstead on Tuesday (Newsday, Apr 14).

Forest City Ratner, which is owned by Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, is redeveloping the antiquated arena and the surrounding property. A town spokesman said that Nassau Events Center LLC -- an affiliate created by Forest City to oversee the project -- will submit a plan on Tuesday

Town supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement: "I look forward, along with my colleagues on the town board, to reviewing NEC's plan."(Newsday, Apr 14)

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Among the throngs of fans in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot tailgating, Richard Vollmer stood smiling and talking with friends and family. In the background -- strung up to a lighting fixture like a sail to a ship's mast --?was the Islanders' 1993 Patrick Division playoff banner.

The Islanders had the banner made up after their astounding run in the playoffs in 1993. The NHL said the team could hang it in the Nassau Coliseum rafters for one year, according to a New York Time article written by Chris Botta, and then they had to take it down. That's when the team decided to give it away to a fan during a fan appreciation night, and when Vollmer happened to be sitting in the right seat at the right time with his two kids.

"In between periods I wasn't really paying too much attention," Vollmer said. "I had [my two kids] with me at the time. They were really small. They called out 336 and I started to pay little attention, then they called Row E and I payed a lot of attention. Then they called our seat number, and obviously we were thrilled to win it."

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The Islanders have managed to bring back many of the team's greats throughout their final season at Nassau Coliseum, but there has been one noticeable absence this year. Due to health issues, Al Arbour, the man who coached one of the greatest dynasties in professional sports, has not been able to make one final visit to Nassau Coliseum.

On Saturday, the Islanders did incorporate Arbour into the pregame ceremony for the regular season finale by inviting his wife, Claire, and their four children to take part in the ceremonial puck drop.

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Eric Mirlis has been an Islander fan since the second grade. His dad took him to his first hockey game on March 8, 1977, a 3-1 Islander loss to Minnesota. "I was hooked immediately and have been a fan ever since," he said.

Mirlis went on to work in various positions in the media, including five years in the Islanders communications department. Now living in Los Angeles, Mirlis remains loyal to the blue and orange. Islanders Point Blank recently spoke with him to discuss some of his Nassau Coliseum Memories. 

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Update:?Forest City Ratner has filed suit against Blumenfeld Development Group. The suit alleges that BDG has tried to make "unilateral changes" to the Coliseum redevelopment plan, according to Newsday.

Forest City Ratner also alleges that the dispute has led to "delays and gridlock" in filing plans with the Town of Hempstead. Forest City officials do not believe the suit will hold up the time frame of the project, which is expected to begin in August.

However, a?Long Island Business News report?suggested that the suit could hold up the project for months.?

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Any indication that the Islanders could return to Long Island seems to be news to the National Hockey League.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley told Newsday on Thursday that "we have been given no indication by the Islanders, or by anyone else, that the move to Brooklyn is or will be temporary." The comment to Long Island's only daily newspaper comes a day after Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano publicly expressed hope the Islanders would return to the a renovated Nassau Coliseum in a few years.

The county executive announced during his State of the County Address plans to build the Islanders new offices and a practice rink Cantiague Park in Hicksville using private funding. That along with a revamped Coliseum is part of a plan by the county to try and draw the Islanders back east to the suburbs.

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The Islanders could be getting new offices and a new practice facility on Long Island, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced during Wednesday's State of the County Address.

The plan is to build the Islanders a new corporate office and practice facility at Cantiague Park in Hicksville. The announced plans come as the Islanders regular season begins to wind down. The team has only seven remaining regular home dates left at Nassau Coliseum, however there will be at least two more after that for postseason action.

The project will be privately funded, according to Newsday.

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The Islanders and New York Rangers run at the Nassau Coliseum didn't close with a brawl or a high scoring contest, rather it ended the same way it began; a 2-1 win by the Blueshirts.

It was a coincidental close to the rivalry's era?at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders will move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center next season, shuttering a building that has been home since the team's inception in 1972, and giving the rivalry between the two teams a different feel.

Nassau Coliseum has long been the building that brings out some of the best moments between the Rangers and Isles. Madison Square Garden does not have the same feel as the Coliseum does and the mixed crowd of fans from both fan bases really livens the old barn up.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? It was hard not to salivate over the thought of the Rangers and Islanders meeting in the postseason on Monday night.

For once this season the Islanders and Rangers lived up to the hype that encompasses the game anytime the two meet. Monday's game was quite the show for anyone who ponied up the dough to attend the game or who tuned in at home on TV.

There was scoring, there was a great atmosphere and the Islanders and Rangers rivalry seemed to be heating back up. Now, the rivalry has always been there, more so in the stands than on the ice in recent, but it was in full swing on Monday.

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Update 9:52: Tuesday's game could be moved to Wednesday due to the impending storm. Pierre McGuire said, during an appearance on TSN 1050?radio in Toronto, "that there's a real good chance that [Islanders vs Rangers] will get canceled and moved to Wednesday night."

The New York Islanders will return to work after the All-Star break just in time for a potentially historic snow storm to hit Long Island.

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The hype was there for the Islanders and New York Rangers second meeting of the 2014-15 season, but aside from a tussle after the final buzzer there was no big game feel during the 60 minute affair at Madison Square Garden.

The sold-out crowd did see a good game, and the pocket of Islander fans that made the trip to Manhattan left happy, but the true flair of Islanders versus Rangers wasn?t all there. Maybe the fisticuffs at the end were a primer for what is to come when the two teams do battle again on Long Island in two weeks.

The Nassau Coliseum is usually the livelier of the two venues and brings out the spirit of the Islanders, Rangers rivalry.

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The Islanders are the hottest ticket in town and secondary ticket market prices have skyrocketed, according to the New York Post.

The Isles are seeing a a 162.2 percent increase in ticket prices on the secondary market. TiqIQ, a company that analyzes secondary-market sales, says that the average ticket price to attend a game at Nassau Coliseum is $145.95. The average ticket price for the Islanders' final game at the Coliseum will cost fans an average of $280 per ticket.

The increase in demand for tickets is a combination of the team's success on ice and this being their final season at the Nassau Coliseum. The team has called the building home since 1972 and will relocate to Brooklyn's Barclays Center next season. Many fans are returning to the Coliseum for one final visit before the move.

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The anniversary of the Santa brawl that took place 11 years ago at?Nassau Coliseum may have been on Tuesday, but there is no better time to look back at it than on Christmas Eve.

The date was December 23, 2003 and the Islanders thought it would be a nice idea to invite fans to come to that night's game dressed as Santa. Anyone who did so would be allowed to attend the game for free. The team expected only a few hundred people to take part, but, according to the Associated Press, about 1,000 Santas showed up.

They were allowed to parade around the ice during the first intermission and all was going well. That was until one Santa took off his red jacket to reveal a New York Ranger Jersey.

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With every victory this fall, the Islanders establish stronger ties to their glory days of the early 1980s. It happened again Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum, as Jaroslav Halak tied a team record held by Billy Smith since 1982 in a 3-2 overtime win over Ottawa.

Smith won the Vezina Trophy that year as the league's top goalie.

While there's a long way to go in the regular season, Halak is being mentioned as a contender to become the second Islander to win the award (NJ.com, Dec. 2).

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When the Islanders finish the 2014-15 season they will vacate the Nassau Coliseum and Bruce Ratner, owner of the Barclays center and the man responsible for bring the Nets to Brooklyn, will redevelop the outdated arena.?

Ratner attended?at a business breakfast at Eisenhower Park and spoke about some of the plans for the new Coliseum.

"It has the potential to be great again," he said during the breakfast, according to SavetheIsles.com's Scott Clinco.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The goodbyes to the Nassau Coliseum began early Saturday morning.

A smattering of fans had already set up tents in the Coliseum parking lot by the time players began to file into the building for the morning skate at 10:30 am. Johnny Boychuk, who has been staying at the Marriot right across from the Coliseum, said he heard them in the morning.

"I heard people tailgating. It actually woke me up," he said, while chuckling, after the Islanders 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. "It was a little bit different, but it was good to see you that you have passionate fans."

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Throughout the season Islanders Point Blank will speak with fans, players and media about their favorite memories at Nassau Coliseum?

It's been a while since we did one of these, so what better way to begin the day of the home opener of the final season in Uniondale than with some memories from fans?

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Brooklyn Nets ownership is looking to combine assets with the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to NetsDaily.com

So what does this have to do with the Islanders? If Mikhail Prokhorov's?ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment and?Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment Assets "merge assets" it will play a factor into how the renovation of the Nassau Coliseum is financed

From Nets Daily:

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The New York Islanders announced their schedule for the team's training camp.

The Islanders will begin their final training camp at Nassau Coliseum on Friday with the first group of players taking the ice at 9:10 a.m. The Islanders will also skate at Islanders Ice Works twice in the coming week.

Below is the full camp schedule:?

  • Fri. Sep. 19, Nassau Coliseum: 9:10 a.m. (Group A), 11:35 a.m. (Group B), 2 p.m. (Group C)
  • Sat. Sep. 20, Nassau Coliseum: 9:10 a.m. (Group B), 11:35 a.m. (Group C), 2 p.m. (Group A)
  • Sun. Sep. 21, Nassau Coliseum: 9:10 a.m. (Group C), 11:35 a.m. (Group A), 2 p.m. (Group B)
  • Mon. Sep. 22, Mile One Centre: 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Games vs. Ottawa Senators
  • Tue. Sep. 23, Nassau Coliseum: 11:10 a.m. (Group C), 1:30 p.m. (Group A), 4:15 p.m. (Group B)
  • Wed. Sep. 24, Nassau Coliseum: 7 p.m. Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes?
  • Thu. Sep. 25, Iceworks: 9:30 a.m. (Group C), 11:30 a.m. (Group B), 1:15 p.m. (Group A)
  • Fri. Sep. 26, Barclays Center: 7:30 p.m. Game vs. New Jersey Devils
  • Sat. Sep. 27, Iceworks: 9:30 a.m. (Group B), 11:15 a.m. (Group C), 1 p.m. (Group A)
  • Sun. Sep. 28, Day Off
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Throughout the season Islanders Point Blank will speak with fans, players and media about their favorite memories at Nassau Coliseum?

We continue our Coliseum memories series with a friend of the site. Brian Erni is the lead writer over at SNYNets.com (how ironic, right?) and he is also a diehard Islanders fan. In the spirit of friendship (and cross promotion) we spoke with him about his memories about the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike.

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Throughout the season Islanders Point Blank will speak with fans, players and media about their favorite memories at Nassau Coliseum?

The next person involved with the Nassau Coliseum Memories series really needs no introduction. Kyle Okposo made his NHL debut on March 18, 2008 and has become an intricate part of the Islanders' core. Last season, Okposo recorded 27 goals and and 42 assists for 69 points while playing on the wing of John Tavares. Okposo was also a candidate to make the 2014 US Olympic hockey team.

Okposo took some time to speak with Islanders Point Blank about some of his favorite memories from the old barn on Hempstead Turnpike.

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Syosset, N.Y. -- It's no secret that Islander fans are hoping to send the Nassau Coliseum off with a bang.

The Islanders are also looking to put the woes of last season behind them. The Islanders were thought to be moving in the right direction going into last season after an appearance in the playoffs the year before, but they spiraled to a bottom five finish. The players know that a rough year the prior season and the expectations for them to properly end their tenure at the Coliseum means they have to produce.

"I think there's pressure and high expectation for us to be competitive and obviously make the playoffs," captain John Tavares said Wednesday. "I think it's no secrete for us, and I do think we take it upon ourselves to finish the season the right way at the Coliseum. It's a lot of history there. The team grew up there, been there for as long as they've been around. So, it's a big connection for a lot of people and we know that's going to change a lot next year.

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Throughout the season Islanders Point Blank will speak with fans, players and media about their favorite memories at Nassau Coliseum?

For the next installment of this series, we spoke with Sean Leahy. If you didn't already know, Leahy is the associate editor of Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy Blog. He lives on Long Island and has been around Nassau Coliseum for quite some time.

Leahy was nice enough to sit down with Islanders Point Blank and recall some of his best memories a Nassau Coliseum...

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Throughout the season Islanders Point Blank will speak with fans, players and media about their favorite memories at Nassau Coliseum...

We'll start this series with Carlos Mendes. In case you weren't familiar with Mendes, he is a professional soccer player from Mineola. He is the captain of the North American Soccer Leagues' New York Cosmos, who play their home games right across the street at Shuart Stadium, and he has also played for the MLS's New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew.

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When you head out to the Coliseum for tonight?s home opener against the Blue Jackets, it may look a little bare. Gone are the multiple banners advertising Optimum Wifi and Optimum TV, which covered the Coliseum in recent years. Instead, it?s back to only two banners as depicted in the picture at right, tweeted by Islandermania. ?There?s one banner for the Coliseum and one for the Islanders.The Islanders still have banners depicting current players posted vertically in between the pillars on the Coliseum?s exterior.For comparison, here?s what the Coliseum looked like last season straight?from the Optimum Rewards website:In the off-season, Madison Square Garden lost a bid to operate a renovated Nassau Coliseum. Both Optimum and Madison Square Garden are owned by the same parent company, Cablevision, although it is not clear that the loss of the bid and removal of ad banners are related in any way.The Coliseum had also been fully wired as an ?Optimum WiFi hotspot? in previous seasons. Let us know in the comments if that is still the case.
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One of the arguments that's cropped up since Bruce Ratner won the RFP on the Coliseum has been whether or not this paves the way for the Islanders to stay in Nassau County somehow, someway.

Ratner and Wang are business partners in Brooklyn,?Mangano brought in Ratner to advise him on the Coliseum and ultimately chose him to re-imagine it. Surely, there's got to be a way for all three to parlay this into the Islanders staying, right?

Well, not so fast. On Twitter, Chris Botta says the chances of that happening were long gone?adding that Ratner didn't lure the Islanders to Brooklyn only to let them go back to the suburbs away from the urban transportation hubs. Newsday's Randi Marshall even talked to Ratner himself, who said that the Islanders will not move back to Nassau citing the remodeled venue as too small.

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Today in Mineola, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that the Forest City Ratner bid, headed by Bruce Ratner and Brett Yormark, won the RFP to develop the Coliseum site.

Mangano said that the Forest City bid guaranteed the County $4 million in parking and ticket sales revenue each year, which was $1.4 million more than the MSG proposal. Newsday had reported earlier in the week that the winning developer promised the County a higher annual lease payment.

Point Blank detailed the Forest City's proposal back in May, which you can view here.

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to make a decision as to whom shall win the rights to renovating the Nassau Coliseum sometime this month. The list has been narrowed down to Madison Square Garden and Forest City's bid, with Ed Blumenfeld joining up with the latter.

Lately, both competitors have been in the news for the breaks they receive. A couple of weeks back, Madison Square Garden's operating permit was given only a 10-year extension, which we mention because MSG gets a cool $15 million tax break -- estimated to be $350 million total since 1982 -- to continue doing exactly what it's doing. And what it's doing is "operating a successful business in midtown Manhattan."

In yesterday's news headlines is Forest City Enterprises, the parent company of Forest City Ratner, which has one-upped MSG with taking a supposed $2.6 billion -- that's billion with a B -- in government subsidies over the last decade. The Post reports that part of that was gained due alleged kickbacks of campaign contributions, which the company has spent $23 million on in the last decade, $5 million in New York City alone, according to the report.

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With a minute to go in tonight's game at the Nassau Coliseum between the Islanders and Flyers, Casey Cizikas secured the win with an empty net goal. That put the Isles up 4-1 and afterwards the crowd erupted into chants of "we want playoffs" and, mockingly, "last place Flyers." The former came up loud and clear on the MSG+ broadcast of the game, even though the announced attendance was 13,888, which was far short of the Coliseum's capacity of 16,170.


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Over the next several months, the Islanders and Nassau County are expected to discuss the possibility of the hockey team getting out of its Nassau Coliseum lease a year early. If they strike a deal, the Islanders would begin play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn at the start of the 2014-15 season.

According to sources with Nassau and the Islanders, both sides are open to a financial arrangement that could benefit the bankrupt county and the money-losing team. The Islanders' lease does not expire for another two full seasons, in the summer of 2015.

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.

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Although the schedule has been repeatedly termed as "fluid," it seems obvious the NHL is preparing for a MASSIVE opening day and night with almost every team on the docket. Some teams, particularly in the Atlantic, have had their tentative openers leaked. While the Devils remain tight-lipped, it's seems pretty obvious if you follow the breadcrumbs:

? Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 10, 2013Which, as Gulitti points out, leaves the Devils, Islanders, Sabres, Lightning and Hurricanes floating in the wind, so to speak. Due to the East have 15 teams, either one or three of those teams will have to be idle Saturday and given the NHL's apparent attempt to blow the speakers out the box, we'd put our money on the former. Which leads one to think...

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Around the NHL, 2012 will certainly be remembered for the ridiculous, arrogant lockout that is still currently going on. But for Islander fans, this year should be remembered as the year the team finally put a decades long arena issue to bed. Whether you're thrilled about the team's impending move to Barclays or not, sad to leave the Coliseum or not, I think we can all agree that it is good to finally have closure. The team and the fanbase needed to move past the decades of political shenanigans, failed projects, and other issues (asbestos! attempted condemning!) that have plagued all involved over the years.

To say that this was a long time coming is an understatement. My favorite quote to cite -- and you may have seen this before -- is from 1991 when, just before the dawn of the modern American stadium and arena boom, Bill Torrey was citing his team's facility as a competitive disadvantage:

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1:37PM:While we do know who promoted the event, we do not know who booked the event and security on the Coliseum's side of things.

In 2009, the Islanders themselves took over operational control of the arena, managing all bookings that came through, according to Let There Be Lighthouse. SMG still maintains responsiblity for the day-to-day management of the facility.

However, it is not clear as to who was responsibile for the security mess last night. Many times for an event such as this the building manager(s) simply play landlord and rent out the facility to the promoter, leaving the promoter to bear responsibility for security, ticketing, and other activities. For example, Disney on Ice brings their own concessionaires and many music acts have their own security teams.

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Per Newsday, Arthur Breslin has pulled out of the four-horse RFQ race.

"It was just impossible for me to get together an application that would be worthy in the period of time they provided," Breslin said Thursday... "You have to be able to do things in due course and good time, and to do it correctly instead of just rushing it because you had a deadline that was too short to begin with as far as I was concerned," Breslin said. "I had a plan in my head that I had to get onto paper . . . All of that needs time and you can't do that overnight."

But Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin noted that the other developers had completed their presentations on time.And a very interesting line towards the end:

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In a phone conversation on Wednesday afternoon, Renaissance Downtowns CEO Donald Monti firmly stated that his intention in developing the Nassau County Hub property -- the 77 acre property the Coliseum sits on -- is to help retain the New York Islanders and establish an economic and technological center for the County. Monti is one of four Long Island developers who have submitted a Request for Qualifications to Nassau County, in the hopes of being selected to develop the Coliseum Hub.

"To be honest, there really is no other team but us," Monti said regarding his support for keeping the Islanders on the Hub property. "I'm not saying this for self-serving reasons, I'm saying it because there's nobody that cares about the Islanders staying that's responded. When they say so publicly then they mean so even more privately."

Monti also stressed the need to act now, in an effort to turn around the decades of stagnation that has hindered both the County Hub property, the Coliseum and the team.

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