Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Mayor Luke Bronin of Connecticut penned a letter to the Islanders on Friday urging them to move there.
"It has come to our attention that the Islanders may be in the need for a new home after the 2017-18 season," the letter begins. "Recognizing that many issues will complicate your decision making, we would nonetheless like to offer Hartford's XL Center as an option for your interim use. Of course, as we pursue the transformation of the building into today's NHL standards, we would sugget the building as a long-term solution to your needs as well."
The letter also touts Hartford as an NHL market that is home to many Fortune 500 companies and which has 1.2 million people within a 30-minute drive.
In response to the letter, the Islanders released a statement, according to Newsday's Jim Baumbach.
"The public letter that the Connecticut Governor's office released earlier today was the first we had heard of the news. We are thrilled to be playing this season in front of our passionate New York Islanders fan base at Barclays Center, with the goal of making the playoffs. We look forward to another great year of New York Islanders hockey at Barclays Center next season."
The NHL's Whalers played in Hartford from 1979 to 1997 before moving to North Carolina and becoming the Hurricanes.
Hartford is currently home to the Rangers' AHL affiliate.
Reports this week indicated Barclays Center believes it's better off without the Islanders as tenants after the 2018-19 season.
Read the full letter from Malloy and Bronin here...