Islanders have talked to Mets about moving to Queens, report says

July 22, 2016 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Another sports team could join the Mets at Willets Point.

The Islanders are considering moving to Queens and are in talks with Mets ownership about building a hockey arena adjacent to Citi Field, according to a Bloomberg report

The Islanders had a tough inaugural season at Barclays Center, as many fans complained about seats with obstructed views and players were dissatisfied with the quality of the ice. The team's owners also realized their revenue would be limited by playing in a smaller arena.

Barclays Center, also home to the Brooklyn Nets, holds 15,700 seats for hockey, and the Islanders saw an 11 percent drop in attendance from the year before, when they played their final season at their original Nassau Coliseum home on Long Island.

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If Islanders ownership and arena officials can't agree on a series of hockey-related modifications, the team could look to bolt to Queens, per Bloomberg. The Islanders and Barclays Center are both reported to have the ability to opt out of their 25-year lease agreement.

The Islanders are owned by Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky as well as Sterling Equities, which owns the Mets. 

Earlier this month, Ledecky said he was committed to keeping the Islanders in Brooklyn for the long term, telling reporters, "Barclays is our home."

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Ex-Devils GM Lou Lamoriello won't act 'New Jersey way' with Maple Leafs

July 21, 2016 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello, former GM of the Devils, said he won't act the "New Jersey way" while negotiating with top picks.

The Toronto Maples Leafs and Auston Matthews, the first overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft reached an entry-level deal Thursday, where Matthews will receive the max salary and bonuses allowed under the current CBA.

The deal isn't shocking, given Matthews' draft spot, but ex-Devils general manager and current Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello hasn't had the history of giving in to full bonuses for draft picks.

But on a conference call with reporters, Lamoriello said he won't be doing things the "New Jersey way."

Lamoriello says when he came to Toronto he decided that he wouldn't be operating the "New Jersey way."

-- Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2016

Prior to Matthews signing with the Maple Leafs, there were reports that the performance bonuses were holding up negotiations between the two sides.

But Lamoriello also told reporters Thursday that the deal was done in minutes, and Matthews deserved what he got.

Lou Lamoriello says Matthews contract was done in 10 minutes with agent Pat Brisson.

-- Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2016

Lou Lamoriello: "This was never in question from our end of it. ... It was just when."

-- Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2016

Lamoriello has been firm in holding back on performance-based bonuses in past contracts, including in 2011 when the Devils signed fourth-overall pick Adam Larsson.

The earlier report cited that negotiation, where the defenseman earned the max salary at $925K, but he received zero performance bonuses.

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