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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.

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.

New York Islanders fans can sleep easily knowing they are getting their goal horn back.

The team is bringing the goal horn used at Nassau Coliseum to their new home at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to Eric Hornick of the team’s official website.

The decision comes after a new goal horn introduced during a preseason game against the Washington Capitals left fans outraged.

With the fourth most goals last season, it’s important the horn is something fans are eager to hear.

As the New York Islanders make the move to Brooklyn, they’re set to nix one long-standing in-game tradition.

Since 2001, the Islanders have employed ice girls, charged with shoveling loose snow off the playing surface while performing various promotional duties both inside Nassau Coliseum and in the community.

The club was the first to form such a group, with several other teams around the league gradually following suit.

But when the Islanders host the opposition within the confines of the Barclays Center, the ice girls won’t be there. Instead, a coed ice crew will be tasked with “helping create the best ice possible as mandated by the NHL,” Barry Baum, chief communications officer for Barclays Center, told Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated.

“We decided to go in a different direction,” Baum said. “We held a number of meetings with our fans on Long Island to ensure we’d bring the best traditions to Brooklyn and we think they’ll be very happy with the result.”

The New York Islanders are square with Nassau County.

The Islanders, along with property management firm SMG, have reached an agreement with the municipality, reconciling their unpaid rent, utilities, and other outstanding dues with a $3.55-million settlement, county officials told Newsday.

This year’s finances are still to be calculated, so the Islanders aren’t free and clear in Brooklyn just yet, but the agreement does clear up debt dating back to 2011.

The deal was reached on the final day of SMG’s 30-year arena lease agreement with Nassau County.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.

The hockey team said Tuesday a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin agreed to buy a ”substantial” minority interest. Terms weren’t immediately disclosed.

Under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years, the team said in a statement. At that point, ownership will transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group.

”We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of WINNING a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Ledecky said in a statement.

The sale must be approved by the NHL’s board of governors. The full agreement, including the planned ownership transfer in two years, will be presented to the board but that likely won’t happen for the next board meeting in September. The board will meet again in December.

The NHL had no comment Tuesday regarding the sale.

Wang, a billionaire founder of the software computer company Computer Associates, now known as CA, had tried for nearly a decade to build a new arena for the Long Island hockey team. When several efforts failed, including a referendum in 2011 defeated by voters that would have FINANCED a $400 million coliseum, Wang announced in October 2012 plans to move the team to the recently opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn once the team’s lease with the aging Nassau Coliseum expires after the upcoming season.

The team will go to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season.

”I’m thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders’ final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Wang said. ”I look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Last week a hedge-fund manager who was interested in buying the Islanders sued Wang, contending breach of contract. Andrew Barroway’s NY ICE said Wang demanded $548 million months after agreeing to sell the team for $420 million.

The lawsuit alleges Wang had ”seller’s remorse” and demanded more money from Philadelphia-based Barroway after the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion.

Wang wanted to keep the team in New York despite failing to get the Lighthouse Project built on Long Island. That grandiose plan would have included a new arena for the Islanders, but it never gained approval for construction.

Both Wang and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman have stated that the Islanders wouldn’t play in Nassau Coliseum one day longer than they had to. Wang said he had serious options to move the team beyond New York but stuck to his desire to stay in the metropolitan area.

After seven months of negotiations, the Brooklyn deal was reached. Once the Islanders settle in there, they will begin a 25-year lease at the Barclays Center.

Officials in nearby Nassau County struggled for years to come up with a plan to either renovate or build an arena to replace the Nassau Coliseum, which opened in 1972.

Wang had long threatened to move the team from its Uniondale home after the club’s lease expired. He complained that the dilapidated building was unsuited for a professional sports franchise.

The Islanders were once the toast of the NHL when they won the Stanley Cup four straight years from 1980 to 1983 and reached the finals for five straight seasons. But they have qualified for the playoffs only once (2013) since 2007.

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BROOKLYN — There will be two more seasons of NHL hockey at Nassau Coliseum before the New York Islanders head 29 miles west to Brooklyn and play in their new home at Barclays Center. On Sept. 21, the team will play their first game in the borough during a preseason matchup with the New Jersey Devils. After likely another exhibition game next year — and maybe a couple regular season games, according to owner Charles Wang — they’ll become full-time tenants in 2015.

Since the announcement, there has been much speculation about whether or not the Islanders will adapt the NBA’s Nets’ black and white color scheme. (Just taking a look at their website and you’ll notice a similar design.) Mock ups have been designed by fans, but a complete overhaul in their home and away looks is not in the cards come 2015, but a new third jersey is.

As the Islanders took to the Barclays Center ice for the first time on Thursday, Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark said during a media tour of the arena that the Islanders will keep their traditional home and away colors when they move and a third jersey that will “speak to Brooklyn” will be created. That could be where the black and white comes in.

“My job is to work with Charles and to make sure we stay true to the hardcore fan, the fan that has been there from day one,” said Yormark via New York Magazine. “But at the same time, we also want to reach out and connect with the new fan and we’re going to do it in an appropriate way.”

Word of advice: do not consult the people who approved the Islanders’ last third jersey and stay as far away from whoever gave the Sabres’ thirds a thumbs up.