The New York Islanders have been in the news more for off-ice issues than their in-game performance over the past few months. There has been a ton of discussions on both the future of team captain John Tavares, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the ongoing arena situation in Brooklyn.
The arena storyline was front and center again on Tuesday. According to Jim Baumbach of Newsday, Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky has confirmed that the Islanders will call the Barclays Center home for the 2018-19 season.
Breaking: Jon Ledecky says Isles will definitely play at Barclays Center next year. Says total focus is on securing Belmont arena.— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) October 10, 2017
Where the Islanders will play starting in the fall of 2019 is still up in the air. Ledecky said that the team has “blinders on” (pun intended) for building a new arena on the property at the famed Belmont Park racecourse. Returning to the Nassau Coliseum is not an option as Ledecky said that the NHL would not approve that move even if the team wanted to make it.
Maybe one of these days when we talk about the Islanders, it will only be about goals and assists!