Now that the deal to Barclays Center is in the books for the Islanders, all players and fans can share a huge sigh of relief. After all, the move to Brooklyn sure beats Kansas City, Quebec, or Seattle.
The move to Brooklyn is considered by many to be "the next best thing," to them remaining in Nassau.
But it may actually be the best case scenario, and this is coming from someone who lives no more than 20 minutes away from Nassau Coliseum.
To start off, the move to Barclays Center will bring in a ton of new fans from Brooklyn. The Islanders will finally have the full revenue they crave.
One of Nassau Coliseum's major problems was transportation. It was difficult to get there. Now fans from all counties on Long Island can flock into Brooklyn, thanks to Barclays Center being one of the largest transit hubs in New York. New fans and old fans alike can now reach the Islanders.
Another terrific benefit for the Islanders will be that free agents will have more of a desire to sign with the club.
Up until now, free agents considering the Islanders had no closure on what their future would be in a few years. They had no idea where the team would eventually land once their lease in Nassau ends in 2015.
Now the organization has a beautiful new stadium and gigantic market at its disposal. It will help the Islanders draw in top-tier free agents to accelerate the rebuilding process.
The Brooklyn factor, along with the young talent the Isles possess, will make the Islanders a more desirable destination.
If the Islanders' young players begin to improve a bit more as they ease into their prime, which top free agent could resist the urge of playing alongside John Tavares in one of the most prominent markets in the league?
The move to Brooklyn is the best possible result for the Islanders' long search for a new stadium.
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