If Islanders Flee, Where Will They Go? (Village Voice news blog)

New York Islanders Charles Wang has declared his team a free agent, but does he actually have any viable places to move to?

The hockey season is underway, which is bad news for Islanders fans in two ways. First off, they have to watch the Islanders for another year. Second, Saturday’s season opener marked owner Charles Wang’s self-proclaimed deadline for final approval of his gazillion-dollar Lighthouse development project. When the date passed without the town of Hempstead acting, Wang let loose with an outright move threat — or at least as close as sports team owners, who usually borrow their threat protocol from the Vercotti Brothers, get to outright — declaring that “we’re going to explore all our options” and that “anything is open,” including moving the team out of Long Island… [read more]