Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Islanders would receive an annual payment from the Barclays Center when the team relocates there for the 2015-16 season and each year thereafter. The Journal reported that this payment was believed to be in the tens of millions of dollars per year.A Point Blank source has seconded the WSJ?s report that the team would receive a large annual payment from the Barclays Center and has provided further details.The source added that the payment to the Islanders would increase at a single-digit percentage annually. There are also stipulations in the agreement that could cause the payment to be reduced but the exact details of such stipulations were not known.In exchange for the large lump sum payment each season, the source tells Point Blank that the Barclays Center will receive the majority of team revenues. Those revenue streams include ticketing, merchandising, suite sales and other revenue sources that Islander games at the Barclays Center will produce.In the deal, the Islanders also agree to play most of their regular season games at the facility as well as a guarantee of three pre-season games per year.The agreement appears to give the Islanders financial stability with a set annual payment from the arena while the arena will bear the risk and volatility of revenues each season. From year-to-year ticket sales may dip or jersey sales may increase, however the Islanders bottom line will be largely unaffected by these ups and downs under the terms of the agreement. The Barclays Center will bear the brunt of the risk for variance in revenues.In August 2011, the Islanders worked with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and attempted to pass a bond proposal to build a new arena via public vote. If that agreement had passed, the Islanders would have paid the County $14 million per year in rent plus a cut of arena revenues. The vote failed and instead the team signed the agreement with the Barclays Center in October 2012 to relocate to the Barclays Center for 25-years following the expiration of the team's lease at the Nassau Coliseum during the summer of 2015. Since then, the two organizations have slowly become intertwined with the Barclays Center taking over Islanders business operations?this past June.
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For the last few years the Islanders have been broadcast on WHRU, Hofstra University with long-time play-by-play man Chris King hosting alongside student color commentators. Arbitron recently released a report on NHL radio ratings and the Islanders' station ranked at the very bottom. From FMQB via Islandermania:

[sny-box]The Stanley Cup Champion?Chicago Blackhawks?had the largest cume among Persons 6+, with 129,800. The New York Islanders were ranked last with just 2,000. The?Pittsburgh Penguins?had the largest average share among Men 25-54 with a 33.3 share, far and away beyond the second ranked?St. Louis Blues, with a 12.6 share. The Islanders again were ranked last with just a 0.1.[/sny-box]

When the Islanders move to Barclays, there appear to be plans to change up the radio station. Recently on Twitter, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark responded to a question about whether he would try to get the Islanders on a "major" radio situation with a simple "yes."

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Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark tells Sports Business Journal today that "there?s still an Isles sales staff, but we're running the business side of the Isles today."

Earlier this month, Point Blank reported that the Barclays Center would take over business operations from the Islanders.

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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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If you tried tuning in at 6:30pm to see Peter Ruttgaizer on the Islanders pre-game show on MSG Plus, you instead got the first overtime of a college basketball game between midwestern hardwood, uh, powerhouses Tulsa (13-11) and Houston (15-8), a Conference USA matchup. The game went long, as sports are wont to do on occasion, and ran into the Islanders telecast on MSG Plus.

OK, so missing a pre-game show isn't the worst thing that could happen. Starting lineups and other news items are usually known hours before the game. But MSG Networks wouldn't preempt the actual game, would they?

Well, they did.

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UNIONDALE, NY -- After 13 games of this shortened NHL season, the Islanders' speedy winger Michael Grabner has five goals, two of which have come on his patented breakaway chances. Despite a small four-game cold snap, that's a pace that puts him just a shade over thirty goals during a normal 82-game season, something the Islanders and their fans would love to see out of the Austrian.

Despite an early season abdominal injury that almost kept Grabner out of the abbreviated training camp, he looks as fast as ever and it seems as if he's been able to get a solid breakaway chance in most games. Last night's game at Madison Square Garden was no exception, as Grabner almost singlehandedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the very end of overtime.

It looked for a moment like the Rangers could earn the extra point, as Rick Nash was left alone and fed Michael Del Zotto in front of the net. Fortunately, Del Zotto missed well wide of the net. As the puck came back out towards the blueline, Grabner fought off a Ranger forward, then defender Marc Staal, to earn a clear breakaway on goal with only seconds remaining. Behind the play but still in pursuit, Staal took three good hacks at Grabner -- two in a rather unpleasant area -- which was enough of a distraction to cause him to misfire the puck.

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UNIONDALE, NY -- The Islanders found themselves in a hole to start the second period last night against the Rangers, down 2-0 and thoroughly outplayed for much of the first frame. To change things up and get the game turned around, coach Jack Capuano changed up some lines and looked to and unlikely line, the fourth line of Colin McDonald, Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, for some help. It was an unusual idea, but ultimately paid off when Casey Cizikas fed Colin McDonald for the team's first goal of the game, only 29 seconds into the second period.

"We thought that we needed some energy and those guys played hard for us, they got us going," Capuano said after practice on Friday. The coach was complimentary of his fourth line, giving them credit for a good forecheck and winning puck battles, which helped them to spend extra time in the offensive zone.

The goal started with Matt Martin pressuring, then hitting, Ranger defender Marc Staal who threw a long pass across the end boards behind the Ranger net. Cizikas intercepted that and fed McDonald cutting to the net, as all three forwards pressured their opponents deep in the offensive zone.

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SYOSSET, NY -- For Josh Bailey, it's been a long road back after sustaining a knee injury that sidelined him for the first few weeks of the season, but it looks as if he will finally have a chance to return to the Islanders lineup Saturday against Buffalo.

"I feel great, it's been a lot of hard work over the last couple weeks but I feel ready to go," said Bailey after skating at Islanders practice today, as he continues to make his return from the knee injury. He sustained the injury just before the lockout ended, while playing in Germany. "We'll see what Cappy and the coaches say but I'm excited and hoping to be in tomorrow night."

Bailey has had to miss the Islanders' first ten games due to the injury, and has floated around to different lines at practice this week. Earlier in the week he was splitting time with Brad Boyes on the first line wing. Today, Bailey took Kyle Okposo's wing spot on the second line. Okposo missed practice with an undisclosed illness.

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SYOSSET, NY -- "I don't know [the guys]," defender Lubomir Visnovsky said after his first practice with the New York Islanders today. After missing the first few weeks of the season tending to his son's illness, Visnovsky made the journey across the Atlantic to suit up for the Islanders earlier this week. He didn't know anyone on the team, but said he would work on correcting that.

"Everybody comes to me 'hi I'm Mark, I'm Matt,' Visnovsky continued. Jokingly he said that "it will be homework tonight for me to go to internet, and look at faces, and focus on the names because that's very important for the game."

But even though he didn't know anyone and was a few weeks late for the season, Visnovsky said that he was welcomed by the team.

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SYOSSET, NY -- As the Islanders kicked off training camp today at Iceworks, it was the first day on the ice for one of their young players who had not participated in optional skates last week. The team's 2012 first round pick, Griffin Reinhart, was one of those having arrived on Long Island only yesterday.

"It was really cool," Reinhart said in the lockerroom following his first day on NHL ice. "You can definitely tell that it's a faster pace than it is up in junior. I was really looking forward to this day and it came a little later than I expected but I'm excited to be here."

Reinhart spent the practice paired with Ty Wishart on defense, either the third or fourth defensive pairing, an indication the 18-year old could be at camp for depth and experience more than anything else.

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A source has confirmed to Point Blank that the Islanders and Sound Tigers will scrimmage at the Nassau Coliseum this week. The scrimmage is likely to be played on Wednesday and to be open to fans. Further details were not known.
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SYOSSET, NY -- This morning, Ryan Strome hit the ice for the first time as a member of the New York Islanders in a blue, #18 practice jersey. The 19-year old, drafted 5th overall in 2011, is the next in a long line of recent Islander draft picks expected to excel on Long Island.

Strome is on Long Island early for next week's training camp, skating informally with teammates today at Iceworks. He's a prime candidate to take one of the few remaining spots left up for grabs. The Islanders have 12 forwards under NHL contract, meaning there are one or two more spots still available. Strome didn't know if he would earn one of those spots, saying he hadn't talked to the coaching staff 'about anything.'

"I don't have control over that, I just got to earn another day and make the decision really hard," he said after today's skate. "I have no expectations really for myself, I just want to play the best I can. I feel like a much better player than I was last year, and I've proved a lot of things and I hope it all works out here."

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The Islanders were supposed to head to Brooklyn on October 2nd for a pre-season game against the Devils. Everyone was supposed to get a glimpse at what could have been -- and now will be -- the team's home in 2015 (Maybe, if there had been a pre-season game and an NHL season, that would have been the day the team announced the move?). Due to the cancellation, we've only had fleeting glimpses at what an ice rink inside the arena looks like. Still, we can take a look at the facility and hypothesize how exactly this is all going to work.

On Friday night, I took a trip to Brooklyn to check out the arena and the Barclays Center Classic, a college basketball tournament featuring Kentucky, Maryland, LIU Brooklyn and Morehead State. Kentucky and Morehead both won close games, if you're scoring at home.

As for the arena, which was the the main attraction for me, it is gorgeous, very modern, a stone's throw from the LIRR, and even closer to a bunch of subway lines (See that big green, grassy hill in the photo above? That's the backside of an Atlantic Avenue subway entrance). Playing in this arena will finally bring the Islanders into a 21st century sports arena. It's also for better or worse a lot different than anything Islander fans are used to at the Coliseum.

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The Sound Tigers lead the CT Whale tonight 5-2 after two periods of play. All five BST goals came in the second. Nelson, John Persson, Nino Niederreiter and Casey Cikias (2) had the goals (don't turn up your speakers, there's no audio -- sorry). The video above is Nelson's goal, the Sound Tigers' 4th, and his first as a professional.

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SYOSSET, NY -- Paired with Ty Wishart at Sound Tigers training camp, Calvin de Haan is healthy and ready to play hockey. Now 21 and a half, de Haan is looking to put his shoulder troubles behind him. He had surgery in 2010 to correct a shoulder injury and missed a month in early 2012 with a second injury that didn't require surgery.

"[The shoulder] feels good," de Haan said at Iceworks on Monday. "I think last time might have been a little bit of a fluke. It feels strong and I'm ready to go."

One of the other questions about de Haan has also been his size and whether he's ready for the NHL level in that respect. He's up six pounds from last year to 195lb and as he likes to say, is always working on getting 'faster and stronger.'

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SYOSSET, NY -- Two years ago, Islanders defender Travis Hamonic spent a few shorts months in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played 19 games in Bridgeport at the start of the 2010-11 season before being called up to the Islanders permanently in November 2010. Since being called up he's amassed 135 NHL games and become one of the Islanders best defenders, if not the best.

With fewer than 160 games played at the NHL level, Hamonic is eligible to spend the lockout in the AHL without having to pass through waivers. He's one of many young NHL players who have been assigned to their AHL affilites, a list that also includes the likes of Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philly's Sean Couturier and Carolina's Jeff Skinner. Hamonic was paired with Matt Donovan on the top defensive pair today, the first full day of camp, and is looking to help lead the team until the NHL is ready to go.

"[The AHL is] the second best league to the NHL and there's a lot of good young players, a lot of guys working hard just to get that one opportunity to get to the NHL level," Hamonic said at Iceworks in Syosset earlier today. "I was grateful to get that opportunity early on in my AHL debut, and hopefully I can come back and give these guys some leadership and be a mentor for the first and second year guys for the time being. Hopefully things will get resolved at the NHL level pretty soon."

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Earlier today, the Islanders' Oklahoman defender Matt Donovan took a few minutes to discuss a wide range of topics. Donovan, 22, is one of a group of young defense prospects that made his NHL debut last year for the Islanders and is hoping to turn that into a regular gig at the Coliseum this fall. He is also active on Twitter @squatchdonovan and was honored in Oklahoma City earlier this summer on Matt Donovan Day.

In April, you played your first few NHL games; how did that feel?

Matt Donovan: It was unbelievable. As a kid coming from Oklahoma you don't see that at all -- I was the first born and raised kid from Oklahoma to make it to the NHL -- and that was a pretty cool feeling. As any kid knows growing up playing hockey anywhere it's your dream to play in the NHL and I finally made that dream a reality. It was very cool to play in the NHL a couple games and hopefully many more to come.

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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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