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Nassau County Unveils Arena Plan To Keep Islanders Until At Least 2045
Published May 11, 2011
ISLAND OF ADVENTURE: On Long Island, Arthur Staple writes the proposal is "not great news yet," but it is "hope, and that has been in short supply for the Islanders, for their fans and for the NHL in recent years." The promise of a new arena in five years can make Islanders GM Garth Snow's "pitches to big-name free agents feel more substantial in July." Furthermore, this is a "huge day" for the NHL. The Coyotes "have been for sale or on the brink of blowing out of Glendale for two years, a saga that still has no end." The Thrashers "want to move north to Canada," while the Stars are for sale and the Devils are "looking for a stakeholder." But with the Islanders, Wang, Mangano and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "have got what they wanted, at least in principle" (NEWSDAY, 5/11).