Will Brooklyn be as receptive to a hockey team as it was to a basketball team? We're about to find out.
The New York Islanders, a once-proud franchise that's recently become the redheaded stepchild stepchild that's chained up in the basement of New York sports, will be moving from their depressing digs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to Brooklyn's freshly built Barclays Center. Score one for Bruce Ratner's bid to take over the world.
The announcement was expected at a press conference this afternoon with Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg, Islanders owner Charles Wang, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.