The inevitable question: Now that the Islanders have an arena....
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10-25-2012, 07:01 PM
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No. They will have the smallest arena in the league, with the only one being close in Winnipeg. Brooklyn is significantly more populous than Winnipeg, but also faces greater entertainment competition and generally lower interest in hockey. To succeed, the Isles would likely have to operate with a similar cost model, not leaving much room to attracting expensive free agents.
Brooklyn is probably a much more attractive location than Nassau County, but they still wont be able to outspend the big market teams.
At any rate, in the NHL, what tends to attract free agents is management strength, favourable situations, money, emotional attachment and taxes, not location or arena quality. If the Isles are going to attract free agents, it'll have nothing to do with Brooklyn or the Barclays center. It'll be playing with Tavares.
I don't understand why you're looking at Brooklyn in isolation. The Islanders will be in a BETTER position to attract fans from greater NYC than before, by quite a margin. If they can field competitive teams they'll start gaining some fans back and increase the likelihood of defection from the NYR base if they can sustain success.
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