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Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

A group of local lawmakers is proposing the New York Islanders return to Nassau Coliseum, the barn which the team called home for more than 40 seasons before it uprooted for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015.

Nassau and Suffolk county lawmakers will hold a press conference Friday, urging the firm redeveloping Nassau Coliseum to make the required upgrades needed for the Islanders’ return.

“We have been assured by (developer) Nassau Events Center that they are very willing to make necessary modifications to accommodate an NHL team,” Nassau lawmakers wrote in a letter to the Islanders’ ownership, according to Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach of Newsday.

Seating capacity was a primary concern why the Islanders left Nassau Coliseum, a 1971-built arena that had 16,170 seats. The ongoing renovation has reduced it to 13,000. The Winnipeg Jets are home to the NHL’s smallest arena by seating capacity, coming in at 15,294.

In a statement to Newsday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Nassau Coliseum is not a “suitable option” for the Islanders.

However, the move to Brooklyn has not been without its own concerns, as the arena was initially built for basketball, leaving many seats with an obstructed view of the Islanders’ ice surface.

The Islanders have a 25-year lease at Barclays Center, but can opt out of the agreement as early as 2018. In April, the team submitted a request for proposal to build a new arena at Belmont Park in Nassau County.

While the location of the team’s future home remains uncertain, the Islanders will play at least one more game at Nassau Coliseum, as it was announced last month that the arena will host a preseason game next season between the Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.

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The first step toward opting out of a 25-year agreement between Barclays Center and the New York Islanders has been taken, sources tell Jim Baumbach and Robert Brodsky of Newsday.

The arena’s parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, recently notified the club in writing that the window to renegotiate the terms of the license agreement is open, as per the terms of the deal.

Baumbach and Brodsky further explain what this means:

The two sides have until Jan. 1, 2018, to renegotiate the terms, according to the summary of the license agreement previously obtained by Newsday. If no new deal is reached, the two sides can stay with the current deal or choose to opt out. Each side would have until Jan. 30, 2018, to deliver an opt-out notice in writing.

If the Islanders decide to opt out, the team can choose to leave at the end of next season or at the end of the 2018-19 season. If Barclays triggers the opt-out, the Islanders would have to leave after the 2018-19 season.

Back in April, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed the Islanders are planning to submit a bid to build an arena in Belmont Park, while Baumbach and Brodsky report the operators of Barclays Center will present a plan that would send the team back to a freshly renovated Nassau Coliseum.

The letter is described as a procedural step, and both the Islanders and Barclays Center declined to comment.

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The New York Islanders‘ biggest rival may be helping to foot the bill for their new barn.

New York Rangers owner James Dolan is among a group of investors offering a new arena proposal for the Islanders, according to Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick, who cited people familiar with the proposal discussions.

The new plan is being spearheaded by the Islanders, Oak View Group – for which Dolan is an investor – and Sterling Project Development, which is controlled by the Wilpon family, owner of the New York Mets.

The Islanders have called the Barclays Center in Brooklyn their home since the beginning of 2015-16, but the relationship between the NHL club and the arena has taken a turn as of late.

In January, Soshnick reported that Barclays Center officials deemed it no longer in their best financial interest to house the Islanders, preferring to focus on the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets as well as concerts and other events.

That leaves the Islanders and the Barclays Center with two options. Either the club terminates its lease, allowing the team to move on in 2017-18, or the arena backs out, giving the Islanders until the end of 2018-19 to find a new home.

The new proposal to be put forth by Dolan and Co. calls for a venue to be built at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., just outside of Queens, according to Soshnick.

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Well, this is a whale of an idea.

Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy is presenting an interesting option amid the New York Islanders‘ uncertainty surrounding their present and future home.

Malloy offered up Hartford’s XL Center as an option for “interim use” in a letter sent to Islanders owners John Ledecky, Scott Malkin, and Charles Wang on Friday.

The governor then took it one step further, implying that the arena could be NHL-worthy for a longer period of time with a few adjustments.

“Of course, as we pursue the transformation of the building into today’s NHL standards, we would suggest the building as a long-term solution to your needs as well,” Malloy writes.

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that officials associated with the Barclays Center, the Islanders’ current home, have concluded it’s no longer worth housing the franchise.

If Barclays Center does opt out, the NHL club would need a new home for after the 2018-19 season.

Malloy’s letter, obtained by TV station WFSB, touts Hartford as an NHL market and also attempts to sell the owners on the city’s corporate community and the proximity of many affluent residents to the arena.

It also points out that the Islanders’ AHL affiliate is not far from Hartford in Bridgeport, Conn.

Malloy ends his pitch by offering to meet with the Islanders’ brass.

Hartford has been without an NHL team since the Whalers left for Raleigh, N.C. and became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997.

The AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack play at the XL Center, which seats just under 15,000 people.

Maybe you can go home again after all.

Amid reports the relationship between the New York Islanders and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is heading for a split, team co-owner Jonathan Ledecky has discussed a possible return to the Veterans Coliseum, Nassau County executive Edward Mangano said in a statement, according to Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach of Newsday:

There is a path for the Islanders to return to the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum where the best sight lines in NHL remain, improved attractive facilities for fans and athletes and room to add seats to accommodate the Islanders. While the decision remains with the Islanders we believe Long Island fans will make the Islanders successful in the new Coliseum.

The Coliseum served as the Islanders’ home from 1972 – 2015, at which time it was vacated in favor of Barclays Center. A $130-million renovation has since begun, and a further retrofit could allow for an updated 15,000 seat home for the Islanders that would be more hockey friendly than their current home.

The Islanders and Barclays Center each have the ability to opt out of their lease agreement in January 2018. According to Brodsky and Baumbach, if the Islanders opt out, they can leave after the 2017-18 season or the 2018-19 season. If Barclays Center opts out, the team has to leave after the 2018-19 season.

The team was also looking at the possibility of building a new arena in Queens are recently as this past July.

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Barclays Center does not appear to be a long-term solution for the New York Islanders.

Speaking Saturday at his annual All-Star weekend press conference, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman admitted the arena isn’t equipped to create optimal ice conditions, and new team owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are considering a move elsewhere in the New York area.

Well, the owners are committed to the franchise. They’re committed to New York and the great fan base that has followed the Islanders. There are some issues about playing in Barclays. It may be fundamental to the system, and that’s not something that can be fixed in the short term. I think as is prudent, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are reviewing the situation and looking very seriously at what their options are.

Several players have complained about the ice conditions, while a report emerged earlier this season stating the arena’s piping system doesn’t meet NHL’s requirements.

The Islanders can reportedly opt out of Barclays Center after the 2017-18 season, and the club was believed to be eyeing different spots around New York in which to build a new arena as recently as July.

The Islanders have called Barclays Center home since the beginning of 2015-16 after moving to Brooklyn from Nassau County’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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The New York Islanders are apparently being evicted from their Brooklyn home.

Barclays Center officials have decided that it’s no longer in their best interest to house the NHL franchise, Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick reported Monday, citing people familiar with the facility’s finances.

It’s believed they have decided that the arena can generate more money staging concerts and other events in addition to Brooklyn Nets basketball.

Barclays Center pays the Islanders an average of $53.5 million annually for control of business operations, according to Soshnick.

The Islanders are in their second season in the Brooklyn barn, and since their arrival, there have been complaints from players and fans about ice quality and obstructed views.

The club has the NHL’s third-worst average attendance behind the Arizona Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes, with 81.1 percent of their seats sold, according to ESPN. In their final season at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, the Islanders had almost 95 percent attendance.

Soshnick notes that either side can cancel the current deal. If the Barclays Center chooses that route, the Islanders would need a new home after the 2018-19 season.

The Islanders have not commented on the report, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said this about the Islanders’ future at Barclays Center at NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Craig Custance:

Well, the owners are committed to the franchise. They’re committed to New York and the great fan base that has followed the Islanders. There are some issues about playing in Barclays. It may be fundamental to the system, and that’s not something that can be fixed in the short terms. I think as is prudent, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are reviewing the situation and looking very seriously at what their options are.