Big news coming through the wire this morning: several sources are reporting that The NY Islanders will be moving out of their current home, Nassau Coliseum, and in a few years will be shacking up with the Nets in the Barclays Center.
Many postulated that it would make a lot of sense for a hockey team to move into the arena, and the Islanders were the obvious choice; apparently the team owners agreed as well. A major press conference is scheduled for 1 PM today, when it's assumed the official announcement will be made.
The Islanders have been looking for years to move out of, or renovate, their crumbling arena, and their lease is up in 2015. Islanders owner Charles Wang claims that he's losing $20 Million/ year, and a move to Brooklyn seems like the obvious choice.
A couple obstacles remain in their path, though: the Barclays Center would only able to seat 14,500 hockey fans, which makes it difficult to be profitable. Also, modifications to the locker room would need to be made to accommodate them, and ideally they'd also need a nearby practice facility.