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Mr. Laz
07-14-2010, 06:43 PM
How Do the Kansas City Islanders Strike You?

By JOSH ALPER (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/results/?keywords=%22JOSH+ALPER%22&author=y&sort=date)

Updated 12:30 PM EDT, Thu, Jan 15, 2009
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Let's face it, when your home arena is known as the Mausoleum, there's probably good reason to ask for another one. Islanders owner Charles Wang (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Charles+Wang) has been doing just that since buying the team in 2000, but there's been very little progress toward a new building. That's why a TSN report (http://tsn.ca/columnists/darren_dreger/?id=263297&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_main) about the Islanders (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=New+York+Islanders) signing to play an exhibition game in Kansas City (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Kansas+City) against the Kings should make Islander fans nervous about their team's future.

In 2007, the CEO of AEG, which owns the Sprint Center in Kansas City, offered the Penguins free rent if they relocated the franchise from Pittsburgh (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Pittsburgh+Penguins). The Penguins were desperate for a new arena at the time, and the city fathers were itching to give it to them. That's exactly how things are playing out in Long Island (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Long+Island) right now.

There's a plan called the Lighthouse Project on the boards right now, which would create a residential, commercial and entertainment complex on the site of the current Nassau Coliseum. The project, according to their web site (http://www.lighthouseli.com/), wouldn't cost Nassau County anything, but would provide thousands of jobs and increased tax revenues. The major drawback is the way that tax revenue is apportioned among surrounding communities as a result of expected increases in traffic congestion, noise pollution and other problems created by its construction.

While the project sounds like a winner for the region overall, it's worth wondering if it will make any difference to the Islanders. There are myriad entertainment options in Long Island and in New York City, of which the Islanders have long rated somewhere around a local bingo night. A new arena would likely mean higher prices for tickets and concessions, and wouldn't do much to spur interest in a team that's an afterthought to many locals.

That said, there are people who care deeply about the Islanders and it will take a project like this to keep them as part of the local landscape. As the Kansas City deal makes clear, there are other options for Wang if he should choose to cut ties to Long Island.

Copyright NBC Local Media

First Published: Jan 15, 2009 12:18 PM EDT

Mojo Jojo
07-14-2010, 07:24 PM
Repost...
http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=226727&page=4

ChiefsCountry
08-02-2011, 12:05 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/nyregion/nassau-voters-reject-proposal-to-overhaul-coliseum.html

Islanders to Kansas City?

listopencil
08-02-2011, 08:48 AM
I want to see a hockery game.

listopencil
08-02-2011, 08:49 AM
Or is a hockery like a rookery, except hockey players are kept there instead of birds?

listopencil
08-02-2011, 08:54 AM
The more I think about it the more I am liking the word "hockery". It could be a gathering place for hockey fans, or a team that develops good players, or a thread/sub forum where NHL news is discussed. It could be a term used to describe people who post NHL news on The Planet ("I'm annoyed by your hockery, go find an NHL board.") or a badge of honor for those who follow the sport ("Yeah. He called that trade weeks ago. The hockery is strong with him."). This should be added to the Lexicon.

blaise
08-02-2011, 08:57 AM
Its coming to KC. And someday Linus will meet the Great Pumpkin.

ChiefMojo
08-02-2011, 08:59 AM
Would love to see it become true for KC, but I'll believe it when I see it. KC is the city that is used to help others.

The one good thing about the Islanders situation is their lease isn't up until 2015. So if they don't find a alternative, it gives KC more time to rally the hockey troops and find a suitable owner... unless Wang himself wanted to move the team here.

With that said I've heard this dog and pony show in 2009 with the Islanders.

Predarat
08-02-2011, 09:00 AM
If they do this, are they going to put the Coyotes in Kemper? Can KC Support two NHL teams?

blaise
08-02-2011, 09:00 AM
Would love to see it become true for KC, but I'll believe it when I see it. KC is the city that is used to help others.

The one good thing about the Islanders situation is their lease isn't up until 2015. So if they don't find a alternative, it gives KC more time to rally the hockey troops and find a suitable owner... unless Wang himself wanted to move the team here.

With that said I've heard this dog and pony show in 2009 with the Islanders.

By 2015 they'll probably start saying they need money to renovate the Sprint Center.

gblowfish
08-02-2011, 09:15 AM
In Japan, do they play hockery?

listopencil
08-02-2011, 09:16 AM
In Japan, do they play hockery?

http://www.japanprobe.com/2007/01/fuji/22.jpg


Looks like there is a huge hockery in Japan.

DJ's left nut
08-02-2011, 09:41 AM
Calling the Islanders an NHL team is really stretching the term.

If there's any team in the running with the Bengals and Clippers as the most poorly run in sports, it's the Islanders.

Gonzo
08-02-2011, 09:47 AM
Oh, Hai Guys! I ruv Ed Hockery! He is best Ref Ever! He rift weights arr the time too!
http://www.kenn.com/images/ed_hochuli.jpg

CaliforniaChief
08-02-2011, 09:54 AM
Calling the Islanders an NHL team is really stretching the term.


Pretty much my thoughts.

|Zach|
08-02-2011, 10:19 AM
It is kinda weird. I have stopped paying attention to the whole possible NBA\NHL thing. I really have all the sports teams I carry to follow right now even if someone did come along.

durtyrute
08-02-2011, 10:31 AM
Charles Wang? That's like Tokoshifu Johnson.

lcarus
08-02-2011, 10:34 AM
Oh, Hai Guys! I ruv Ed Hockery! He is best Ref Ever! He rift weights arr the time too!
http://www.kenn.com/images/ed_hochuli.jpg

LOLOLOL