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N.Y. Islanders: Why Brooklyn Should Be Their New Home

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 31: Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins at 18:40 of the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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John DegrooteCorrespondent IIAugust 20, 2012

Since the people of Nassau County voted against the plan to give the New York Islanders a new stadium, the team's days on Long Island have been numbered.

The Islanders ranked second to last in attendance last year. Their 13,191 fans per home game was only ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, who are currently going through relocation rumors of their own. 

The Islanders have called Veterans Memorial Center home since the franchise was founded in 1972.

The team's current lease with their home ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum runs until 2015. It is almost a certainty that the team will not stick around after that lease expires.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn is rumored to be the leading candidate as the new home of the franchise—and rightly so.

The new state-of-the-art building is currently host to the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise. When the Nets begin their NBA season in October, it will be the first time that New York's most populated borough will have hosted a professional sports event in 55 years.

Not only would the move to Barclays revitalize the fanbase and attendance, it would also keep the team in New York.

Also, the Barclays Center may want the Islanders as much as the Islanders want them.

"I am trying like hell to get the Islanders to make Barclays Center their new hockey home," the Barclays Center CEO Bruce Ratner said in an interview with CBS. "They will play a preseason game here against the Devils."

The October 2 preseason game Ratner is talking about could be a tryout for the Islanders in the newly built arena.

If the Islanders were to call the Barclays Center home, they would have the lowest seating capacity in the NHL; however, this is not a negative.

By being closer to the city, in a premier venue, the team would be capable of selling out nightly.

Imagine the Islanders being a hot ticket in New York—now that is an idea to ponder.

Much like the Nets play second fiddle to the Knicks in the Big Apple, the Islanders live in the shadow of the Rangers.

The last time the Islanders were "cool" was when they won four Stanley Cups in a row in the '80s.

By making the move to Barclays Center, the franchise would be taking a huge step in becoming relevant again.

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