Despite a dismal turnout for the NY Islanders – LA Kings preseason game last season and potential offers from Queens and Brooklyn, it seems Charles Wang is still considering KC as the future home of his NHL franchise.
It seems the plan for The Lighthouse project on Long Island is dying. Therefore, speculation about KC as a possible home will increase.
Before you start believing spin or unsubstantiated comments from NHL21, please click the link to KCTV5′s story and the related interview.
Report: NY Islanders Keeping KC As Backup Plan
If anyone has contacts for this story, KCTV5′s Michael Coleman does. He used to be a sports anchor for News12.
Coleman interviewed AOL Fanhouse’s Chris Botta, who used to work for the Islanders.
Basically, Botta said the Islanders will not be the NHL franchise that plays in the Sprint Center.
The Islanders will probably play in Queens or the new building for the New Jersey Nyets (though I heard it’s not built for hockey) rather than in Nassau County, but KC talk will start again.
Moving an NHL franchise to a different market without the sale of the franchise is virtually unprecedented in the NHL. Only once in the last nearly 30 years has that happened. Norm Green moved the North Stars to Dallas. All other NHL franchise relocations were within two years of the sale of the franchise.
Personally, I’m extremely skeptical an NHL owner would move a franchise from the largest market in North America to a medium-sized market. The peripheral revenue (TV/radio rights, merchandise sales, etc) would be lower and travel expenses would increase a great deal. It just doesn’t make sense.