NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't think the Nassau Coliseum is a viable option for the Islanders to return to, according to Newsday.
"I don't view the Nassau Coliseum as a viable option," Bettman said Friday. "Ultimately, whether or not the Islanders want to consider that and bring it to the league or something, you've had to ask them about it. But my gut reaction is it's not a viable option."
Barclays Center is reportedly unhappy with the Islanders as tenants, and the team has been seeking other options.
I think it's pretty clear that the Islanders and the league are both all in on the idea of an arena at Belmont Park, and Bettman's latest round of comments do nothing to dispute that.
The redevelopment of the Coliseum was one of the more silly things to happen in recent memory. The building didn't change structurally, the concourses are still a nightmare to navigate, and the seating capacity went down. Is it a nice venue for a concert or wrestling? Probably. But the economics of current NHL franchises just don't make it feasible for it to house a team anymore.
In just under three weeks, bids will be closed on the Belmont RFP, and in the weeks that follow, fans should get a little more clarity about the Islanders' future. But one thing seems certain: this team will never return full-time to Uniondale.