Update, 12:26pm: Ed Mangano released this statement via twitter:
No one has done more to retain the New York Islanders than my administration. I have supported various proposals to redevelop the HUB including a public referendum in which voters chose not to construct a new sports arena. Its sad and unfortunate that political opponents chose to oppose my plan and instead continued to support the Culture of NO on Long Island.Update, 12:17pm: Ottawa Citizen reporter Wayne Scanlan tweets that he has spoken to Denis Potvin. Writes Scanlan:
Former Isles captain is sad about move to Brooklyn but says,"we have our place in history."Update, 12:12pm: The Islanders official website will stream the press conference live.
Update, 12:10pm: Chris Botta writes on Twitter:
Still no confirmation that #Isles move to Brooklyn in 2015 is a PERMANENT relocation. Could be some news (and spin) at presser.Update, 11:55am: "#Islanders" is trending worldwide.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 24, 2012
Update, 11:36 AM: If you're interested, here's what I wrote about the Barclays' seating configuration in April.
Update, 11:26 AM: The NY Post reports:
The Islanders, who won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983, will keep their name at the insistence of NHL officials.Update, 11:11 AM: WFAN 660AM is reporting that the Islanders "may be signing a 25-year lease" with the Barclays Center.
10:48AM: The New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn when their lease in Nassau County is up at the end of the 2014-15 season. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to break the news on Twitter and Islanders Point Blank has confirmed via a source close to the arena.
New York Islanders will indeed be moving to Brooklyn, NY, upon expiry of lease on Long Island.We'll have more on this as news comes in. The Islanders are holding a press conference at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn today at 1pm.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 24, 2012