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#1 njdevil26

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:46 AM

According to TSN and everyone else. Check Twitter.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:51 AM

Wow. I'll be damned.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:51 AM

Good and bad I suppose. I know plenty of commuters on the Island who could get to games easier in Brooklyn, but the obstructed seat thing would bother me
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:52 AM

Well I can't located a quote at the moment... but I know the Nets/Barclays ownership had pretty much formally invited them and said that they would try to increase the capacity with easy renovations.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:58 AM

Well I can't located a quote at the moment... but I know the Nets/Barclays ownership had pretty much formally invited them and said that they would try to increase the capacity with easy renovations.


Well ok then, good for them. Fanbase should be mostly positive over this.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:08 AM

I guess Wang really liked the tour of the arena he took this summer and had enough of dealing with the political aspect of getting a new arena on the island. Hopefully the renovations to the Barclays Center to make it suitable for hockey work. I wonder if they are going to change their name to Brooklyn or if they will keep the New York?
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:14 AM

Just read it on newsdaily.com I used to catch several games at the Coliseum when Devils played the Islanders. It is about a 30 minute drive from my house. But the parking is bad, the bathrooms suck and it is a general nightmare. It will now be a train ride to Brooklyn and a walk across the street. That is if I ever get hockey again
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:15 AM

Is anyone surprised by this? I expected this to happen, it was just too easy for them to do.....
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:17 AM

According to the NY Post, the move was contigent on that the Islanders keep "New York" in their name and not Brooklyn.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

Is anyone surprised by this? I expected this to happen, it was just too easy for them to do.....


Not super surprised, but I did think seating / obstructed views were more of a barrier.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:44 AM

but did they negotiate a section for dipietro to sit in?
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:46 AM

Will they be called the inlanders now?
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:46 AM

Well, I hope the fact that they won't let them change the name means it'll be harder for them to poach Devils fans (Rangers fans, too, but who cares about that). They won't be looked at as something cool and new like they would if they changed to the Brooklyn Americans or something like that.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

They don't need to change the name. It's still Long Island technically

Anyway...good and necessary move for the franchise. Not sure if this will be permanent though...is Wang still hanging on to his renovating the coliseum dream. He may move the Isles to Barclays for 5-6 years and try to get the Coliseum project done in that time.

Great for Devils fans. We can get to Devs/Isles games by train now.

Isles fans have to be happy...it was either this or out of state

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

It will enhance the Devils rivalry with them...

They should call themselves the Brooklyn Nets
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:58 AM

Good for them! Although I do love the road trip to Nassau :)
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:15 PM

Awesome stuff.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:18 PM

Once the arena referendum got voted down on Long Island, it was either move to Brooklyn or leave the area altogether. They couldn't stay at the Coliseum any longer. Hopefully it works out for them, but having only 14,000 seats for hockey and obstructed views in a building where they are only a tenant can end up being just as bad for them as their current situation.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:20 PM

I mean, this was their only real option since Nassau refused to support them with the new arena. However, Barclays is currently the smallest arena in the NHL, and poorly configured for hockey. Now, they can reconfigure it, but I'd imagine that would cost a fortune to totally reconfigure a building thats just been completed. At what point is an arena too small for the big leagues. Its getting silly and will hurt potential league revenue. I also am a bit worried about the Islanders taking more popularity from this, and possibly stealing future Devils fans from NYC. In the short-term, this is great news for us fans who can now invade the Islanders rink like we did for that game back in March.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:29 PM

I'll believe it when I see them actually play a regular season there. Until then, this just strikes me as having "Another Crazy Charles Wang Ploy" written all over it.
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