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With 2012 behind us, it's time to take a look at what's ahead for the Islanders in the upcoming year. We've got seven burning questions that need to be, or are likely to be, addressed in the coming 12 months. First up though is one question about the NHL:



#7 - Will there be a 2012-13 season?The deadline for a new CBA has now been set at a little under two weeks from now on January 11th. Finally, mercifully, we'll have either a resolution one way or another.

The way it seems, with both sides inching ever closer to one another, we'll have a deal by then. Neither side is dumb enough to lose a season at this point (right? right?) and there's too much money out there to be made from a partial season for them to continue to sit on their hands. Whether the league caves or the players do is a tough question to answer -- my hunch is some sort but I think both sides know that not having a season is much worse than having a partial season, although a large amount of damage has already been done.

Tags: Arena News, Islanders, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, mark streit, new year, News, Editorial Aside, questions, Rick DiPietro
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Around the NHL, 2012 will certainly be remembered for the ridiculous, arrogant lockout that is still currently going on. But for Islander fans, this year should be remembered as the year the team finally put a decades long arena issue to bed. Whether you're thrilled about the team's impending move to Barclays or not, sad to leave the Coliseum or not, I think we can all agree that it is good to finally have closure. The team and the fanbase needed to move past the decades of political shenanigans, failed projects, and other issues (asbestos! attempted condemning!) that have plagued all involved over the years.

To say that this was a long time coming is an understatement. My favorite quote to cite -- and you may have seen this before -- is from 1991 when, just before the dawn of the modern American stadium and arena boom, Bill Torrey was citing his team's facility as a competitive disadvantage:

Tags: Arena News, barclays center, coliseum, Islanders, new year, News, Editorial Aside
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From the staff here at SNY's GFB....Happy New Year to all our readers, friends and colleagues

Tags: 2012, Happy New Year, New York Giants, Standard
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