Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky is "confident" that his club will play some games at Nassau Coliseum while their new arena is being built at Belmont Park.
However, in the same breath, Ledecky also tossed cold water on the notion that the Isles would play at their former home on a full-time basis during the construction of their new home. The Islanders called the Coliseum home from 1972-2015 before moving to Brooklyn.
"If you think about the Coliseum, it doesn't have the amenities and the things that a third generation arena will have," Ledecky said on WFAN Wednesday. "For example, in that great preseason game, there were still unbelievably long lines for the bathrooms. Concessions are still an issue."
The Islanders and Barclays Center, where the club has played since the start of the 2015-16 season, are currently negotiating on opting out of their 25-year lease. Per the contract, the team will have to play the 2018-19 season in Brooklyn, but playing games at the Coliseum next year may also be a possibility.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman toured the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday to see if it could be used as a temporary home for the Islanders.
"This is in the hands of the National Hockey League, which has to make an assessment of any arena in which games are played in," Ledecky said.
The Coliseum, reopened last March after undergoing an 18-month, $165-million renovation.