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What Arena Will Host The New York Islanders For The Playoffs?

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It’s hard to exactly feel bad for the Islanders, as their situation is a making of their own past. So even with the fact that they are back on stable ground, from the top of ownership to the bottom of the on-ice product, the shockwave from decades of business failure still has not subsided.

That is why the NHL office, specifically the office of commissioner Gary Bettman, will be deciding where they might play home playoff games, The Backcheck has learned. The decision still has not been made, and won’t be until it’s necessary.

So there is no rush to make a declaration now and upset the fanbase. Because of course the fans want the games at the Coliseum, where the team has a distinct home-ice advantage. But of course the league wants the games at Barclays Center, where the potential for profits multiply substantially.

It’s a decision between money and competitiveness. We know how that turns out.

“When it’s time to make that decision, I’m sure we will be in contact with all relevant parties,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email, “and a decision will be made that takes into account all of the relevant considerations.”


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