The Islanders' lease at Nassau Coliseum has another two seasons to run, at which time Bruce Ratner, Mikhail Prokhorov et al will begin an 18-month rehab and the Islanders will move to Brooklyn to join the Nets. Is it possible that after Saturday night's successful debut, the Isles could play some games at Barclays Center next season?
In a word, yes. Just as Charles Wang wouldn't reject the idea at the Islanders' Brooklyn practice last week, nor did Brett Yormark at the Islanders-Devils exhibition game. While acknowledging he had to have discussions with team and building officials, Yormark did not dismiss the idea of Barclays playing host to regular-season games next season.
He's likely have to discuss the idea with "building officials" at both arenas as well as the NHL, who's unlikely to raise any objection, considering how badly they want the Islanders out of Nassau.
The question was raised after nearly 15,000 fans showed up for the exhibition game, more than even Yormark had expected. Reaction was generally positive, but there are still issues with some sightlines (while others may be better in the tighter bowl) and the off-center scoreboard.