Another Team Leaves Brooklyn

And it is not the Dodgers.

Here is the press release from the New York Islanders:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NHL ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF REMAINING PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Islanders Home Preseason Games At Barclays Center & Nassau Coliseum Cancelled

UNIONDALE, NY (September 27, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the remaining preseason schedule. The League had previously cancelled all preseason games scheduled during the month of September.

The Islanders had two home preseason games scheduled in October. On Tuesday, Oct. 2 the Islanders were to face-off against the New Jersey Devils in the first NHL Game ever played in Brooklyn, NY, at the Barclays Center. The Islanders were set to conclude their five-game preseason schedule against the New York Rangers on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Nassau Coliseum.

Founded in 1972, the New York Islanders Hockey Club stands proudly as Long Island’s sole major league professional sports franchise. Keep up with breaking Islanders news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NEWYORKISLANDERS and on Twitter @NYIslanders.  For further information on any individual/group ticket options or sponsorship opportunities, contact the team’s office at (516) 501-6700 or e-mail customerservice@newyorkislanders.com. For more team information, log on to newyorkislanders.com.

—islanders.nhl.com—

 

Well – no one is surprised.  With the NHL and the NHLPA having ‘supposed’ talks tomorrow, on minor issues, it is imminent that the first few weeks of the regular season will be cancelled within the next week.

But for the faithful and die-hard Islanders fan, there is some news.

THE SOUND TIGERS HIT THE ICE ON SATURDAY!

The AHL Division winning Tigers will take their first practice on Saturday at Ice Works in Syosset.  There is the opportunity for 150 fans to see the guys take to the ice.  Travis Hamonic and Nino Niederreiter return home for the weekend, and then they go up to Connecticut to continue their camp.  Bridgeport has two preseason games, both on the road, before starting the season on October 12th against their main rivals, the Connecticut Whale.  The next night, which was also the Islanders opening night, the Providence Bruins come to the Webster Bank Arena to face the Tigers.  I am sure that many will take the ferry over to see that game (including me).

For whatever reason, I did not get tickets for the game in Brooklyn.  If the season were going as normal, I probably would have gone.  But with the mess unfolding, my wife and I did not purchase.  Now – the poor people that have to now deal with the Barclay’s Center.  Oh well…

Hey Frans, see ya soon. Good luck in Finland – Have fun with your brother, but DONT GET INJURED

Also – it was announced that Frans Nielsen has signed a deal to play in Europe.  From Espn.com, here is the information:

UPDATE: Katie Strang of ESPN.com confirms Frans Nielsen has agreed to terms with Rauman Lukko of the SM-liiga.  He’s expected in Finland by the end of the week.

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Another sibling reunion seems to be in the works.

As relayed by IslandersPointBlank, Danish sports website TV2Sport.dk reports Frans Nielsen is expected to sign with Rauman Lukko of SM-liiga — Finland’s top league.  Apparently the Finnish club and Nielson are close to sealing the deal.

Such a move would allow the New York Islanders forward the chance to compete in front of his younger brother (literally).  Simon Nielson tends goal for Lukko.

Good for Frans.  Nice to see that brothers get the opportunity to play with each other in this type of scenario.

To reach me – e-mail gharding14@gmail.com, or @islessection317 or @islestalk on twitter.

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