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NY Islanders Pro Hockey team wants to relocate to Belmont Park….

The Team is currently playing in a place they tried and do NOT like….

They want back to Nassua County….

The site at Belmont Park is the one they hope Governor Cuomo will make happen for them….

“We are locked and loaded on Belmont,” Ledecky told reporters in Manhattan. “We have blinders on for Belmont. We are not looking at other places or other opportunities. We want to make Belmont a reality.”

The Islanders and the Barclays Center both have the option to opt-out of their agreement in January, Newsday reported.

The Islanders submitted a bid last month after Empire State Development Corp. put out a request for proposals in July to develop 36 acres of underutilized parking lot space. A bid for the same property was planned in 2012 but eventually scrapped, ESPN reported.

Newsday reported the new Coliseum was not in the running for the next Islanders arena, even temporarily, with Ledecky citing low capacity and a lack of luxury box suites after the $165 million renovation.

According to ESPN, many fans have complained about the views at the Barclays Center, including obstructed seats and poor sight lines for hockey.

“Barclays is a great place and it gets better year after year,” Ledecky told reporters. “Unfortunately when the facility was built, it was not built with hockey in mind. It’s not a facility in its current form that one could be in and have a successful place as a hockey team.”

Ledecky added, “The best home and the only home for the New York Islanders moving forward should be the Belmont arena.”….


Penguins beat Predators to claim second straight Stanley Cup title…

The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in nearly 20 years.

Patric Hornqvist corralled the rebound of a shot that had bounced off the end boards and banked it off the left arm of Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 95 seconds left in the third period Sunday to lift the Penguins to a 2-0 win and a six-game triumph in the Stanley Cup Final.

The goal by Hornqvist — formerly a member of the Predators — was challenged by Nashville on the basis of goaltender interference but the call on the ice was upheld and the goal was good. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal to clinch the victory.

It was the second straight game in which the Penguins shut out the Predators, who began the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the West but won hearts and respect around the NHL for their resilience and grit as well as the exciting atmosphere created in Bridgestone Arena and around the city by fans who have fallen in love with the sport….


Islanders NHL Hockey team makes offer for Belmont Race Track stadium….

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      While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..

THAT is unlikely….

The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…

The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…

The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….

Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….

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New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…

He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.

Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.

“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”

Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….


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Will the Islanders NHL Hockey Team stay in Brooklyn?

Long Islands Newsday relates the latest in the saga of where will the team ultimately end up making a home in the future…

Will they say in Brooklyn at the Barclay’s Center or will the move to Queens by Ciiti Field or oven back to Nassau County by Belmont Race Track?

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The Islanders could leave the Barclays Center after just three seasons in Brooklyn if the team triggers an opt-out clause in its license agreement, according to a summary of the pact obtained by Newsday.

The summary also reveals an approximate six-month window for the two sides to renegotiate the 25-year license agreement and mandates “good-faith discussions” from both sides before either can opt out.

The details of the opt-out clause come from a six-page summary of the Islanders’ agreement with Barclays Center. The document was included in the arena’s 1,000-page plan to refinance the municipal bonds that were sold a decade ago to build the arena. Barclays Center is refinancing the debt from those bonds because of historically low interest rates, saving it $90 million, according to a Bloomberg report in August.

If the Islanders decide to opt out, the team can choose to leave at the end of either its third or fourth season. If Barclays triggers the opt-out, the Islanders would have to leave after the fourth season. The team just completed its first season in Brooklyn in May.

The opt-out clause can be triggered only if the two sides have engaged in “good-faith discussions” during the renegotiation window, according to the license agreement.

In June, Newsday reported that new Islanders owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin have been in talks to build a new arena either next to Citi Field or at Belmont Park. Ledecky and Malkin took over control of the Islanders from Charles Wang on July 1….



Chicago Blackhawks are the Hockey Stanley Cup champions…

Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks scores a goal Monday in the second period against goalie Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 6 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final in Chicago.

…from the NY Times….

The Chicago Blackhawks can now rub shoulders with the Canadiens, the Islanders and the Oilers after they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, to win their third Stanley Cup in six years.

The Blackhawks defeated the Lightning in six tightly contested games — five were decided by one goal — to win the title at home for the first time since 1938 during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second term as president. They won their last two Cups in 2010 and 2013 in Philadelphia and Boston, respectively….


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The Rangers are 0-3…Can they come back?

From the folks over at FiveThirtyEight…..

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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After winning a pair of overtime thrillers to open the Stanley Cup Final, the Los Angeles Kings blitzed the New York Rangers 3-0 Monday night in Game 3, giving Los Angeles a commanding three-games-to-nil lead in the NHL’s championship series. Needless to say, things are looking quite dire for the Rangers’ faithful. But are their prospects hopeless?

When any North American professional sports team leads a best-of-seven playoff series 3-0, it tends to win the series. Of the 320 teams that found themselves in that scenario in MLB, the NBA and the NHL, 315 (or 98.4 percent) went on to win, and 204 (65 percent) closed out the series in the next game.

But the odds of a comeback are slightly better in hockey than in other sports.

Four of the five all-time comebacks from a 3-0 deficit have happened in the NHL: the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Detroit Red Wings in 1942 (in the Stanley Cup Final, no less); the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975; the Philadelphia Flyers over the Boston Bruins in 2010; and these very LA Kings when they beat the San Jose Sharks in April. It’s likely in the nature of hockey, possibly the least deterministic sport out of North America’s “Big Four,” to produce more 3-0 comebacks simply because the outcome of any given game — whether in building the 3-0 lead or in erasing it — is fueled by a lot of luck in addition to skill….


Former NHL Players sue the League on past injuries….

The players, like the NFL players, whip just settled a case for over $700 Million,  are taking Civil Actions against their former professional league for it’s failures to curb on ice head injuries…..

The players, who were in the league in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, filed their suit in federal court in Washington. One of the lead lawyers is Mel Owens, a former N.F.L. player who has represented scores of other retired players in workers’ compensation cases.

The hockey players include role players and stars like Rick Vaive, who scored more than 400 goals in 14 seasons. One player in the suit, Darren Banks, was described as an enforcer. The players say they sustained repeated hits to the head during their careers and now have depression, headaches and memory loss.

The suit comes about three months after the N.F.L. agreed to pay $765 million to settle hundreds of cases brought by more than 4,000 retired players who said the league knew about the dangers of repeated head hits but failed to properly warn the players. Similar suits have been filed against the N.C.A.A.

In seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, the players said in their complaint that the N.H.L. “knew or should have been aware” of the effects of head hits but “took no remedial action to prevent its players from unnecessary harm” until 1997, when the league created a program to research and study brain injuries. Even then, the suit said, “the N.H.L. took no action to reduce the number and severity of concussions among its players during that period and Plaintiffs relied on the N.H.L.’s silence to their detriment.”

Owens and other lawyers said in a statement, “The N.H.L. continues to glorify and empower players known as ‘enforcers’ — players with the singular intention of injuring the opposing team.”



BlackHawks win a triple O/T First Hockey Championship Game…..

A Zreebs Highlight….

[Andrew] Shaw’s goal in triple-overtime Wednesday night lifted the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Bruins in a contest for the ages in the first NHL finals meeting between the Original Six franchises.

The thoroughly entertained and ultimately exhausted crowd of 22,110 erupted when Shaw found the back of the net off a double-deflection of a Michal Rozsival shot as the Hawks drew first blood in the best-of-seven series that continues Saturday night with Game 2 at the UC.

Goaltender Corey Crawford was brilliant during the overtime periods after Brandon Saad, Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya scored in regulation to help the Hawks twice overcome two-goal deficits against Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask.

“We traded some chances back and forth,” said Crawford, who finished with 51 saves — including 29 in overtimes. “You just have to stick with it, no matter if you miss or if they come close. It doesn’t matter. You have to keep going until you win.”

It was the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history and the Hawks’ third-longest in postseason play…..



Breaking…NHL, union reach tentative agreement……

Pro Ice Hockey is back people….

….from USA Today….

The NHL is back, and federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh will get credit for the save.

Commissioner Gary Bettman publicly thanked Beckenbaugh after he brought the NHL and NHL Players’ Association together during a 16-hour marathon bargaining session that ended just before 4 a.m. Sunday with a new 10-year collective-bargaining agreement that ends a 113-day old lockout and ensures the start of the 2012-13 season.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon,” Bettman said.

Details of the season have not been finalized, but there won’t be fewer than 48 games and there could be more. The season will start on or before Jan. 19.

“Scot Beckenbaugh, next time I’m in NYC, dinner is on me,” Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner said on Twitter. “Thanks for helping get us back on the ice.”

NHL officials will be crossing their fingers that fans come back as enthusiastically as they did after a lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.

“Even on days when I thought I didn’t care and would boycott, I was deluding myself,” said Nashville Predators fan Michael Bagnall of Murfreesboro, Tenn. “I’m just so damn glad to have my sport coming back.”