The Nassau and Suffolk legislatures will host a bicounty news conference Friday to urge the Islanders to return to Nassau Coliseum, according to Newsday's Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach.
Nassau legislature wrote to Islanders' owners Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin saying "give the idea of returning the team to its true home every consideration possible." Nassau Events Center put $165 million into the Coliseum to increase its capacity to host an NHL team.
"We have been assured by NEC that they are very willing to make necessary modifications to accommodate an NHL team," the Nassau letter read.
There has been opposition to the Islanders potential return as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said "we do not view Nassau Coliseum as a suitable option for the Islanders." Experts say that the Coliseum would also need to add luxury suites, and increase the size of the locker room to go along with adding seats.
Despite a 2013 agreement, the Islanders won't be playing four regular season games at the Coliseum.
The Islanders are expected to bid on a possible arena being built at Belmont Park. However, Nassau lawmakers shot down the site as well as Willets point in Queens saying they both "have serious neighborhood opposition."
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn has been the home of the Islanders since 2015, but the arena officials are encouraging the team to opt out of its license agreement and return to the Coliseum. Both parties can opt out of the deal in January.