NYI & Barclays Center To Make Major Announcement (mod edit: NYI to Brooklyn in 2015)
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10-28-2012, 07:38 AM
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Nothing from the league expanding on that. The reports from before the press conference stated the NHL insisted.
I'm sure Wang/Bettman chatted about it.
From a league standpoint, I think it's a "avoid the appearance of relocation." So few people outside the area grasp the tiny distance between "Long Island" and "Brookyln" that a name change implies "relocation."
I had a friend asked me how I must feel to have "lost" the Islanders because they were moving. And he wasn't even a Californian or New Orleanian; he was from Cleveland.
It's no different than the Lakers & Kings moving from the Forum to Staple
I think the LA Kings comparison is spot on. I'm surprised by some of the silly questions and suggestions:
Will they take the championship banners and retired jerseys to Barclay Center?
How about re-naming them the Brooklyn Knights
Isles are moving 27 miles away. Not 2700 miles away.
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