- Pittsburgh Penguins
- New York Rangers
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- New York Islanders
- Washington Capitals
- Carolina Hurricanes
- New Jersey Devils
But this is the debate that makes the summer go by, so share your thoughts in the comments.
Beating this Coliseum thing into the ground...
Eyes on Isles made what I think is an excellent point about the Coliseum/Barclays point-counterpoint that has gone on lately (special thanks to Ed Mangano, Bruce Ratner, et al. for giving us stuff to talk and write about in August). And they did it in three paragraphs as opposed to the 2,000 words I used yesterday.
[sny-box]Arguments that the Islanders will one day return to Uniondale in all their glory—hypothetically to a sold-out arena complete with luxury boxes that aren’t in the current design specs, a possible on-site public transportation hub that will allow out-of-towners to easily come to games, and a completely redeveloped surrounding area with a mall and a minor-league baseball stadium—are mostly based on a series of “what-ifs.”
Sure, team owner Charles Wang could sell the team. Sure, the seating configuration at Barclays Center isn’t ideal for hockey and may impact the Islanders’ ability to draw fans. And sure, Ratner just won the Coliseum bid, which somehow means he’s automatically bringing the Isles back to Nassau County just as soon as he cuts the ribbon on a supposed shining star of an arena in the not-too-distant future.
But when an argument relies on such a combination of “what-ifs” and “hey, it could happens,” and “no, just hear me outs,” it’s an argument with little evidence to support itself.[/sny-box]
The scenarios of the Islanders returning are not impossible, but the ones I've seen so far are not backed up with evidence or knowledge of how stadiums are built and how RFPs work.