Originally written on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 11/20/14

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)



NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is still optimistic that a new arena will be built in Nassau County. Bettman, who is Ottawa for All-Star Weekend, told Newsday he would “find it hard to believe” a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum.

“I find it hard to believe that there won’t be a solution to that building situation,” he said to Newsday following a press conference. “Long Island deserves a new building, not just for hockey, but for concerts and family shows and the like. And I’ve got to believe the people in charge of those things will tend to it in due course.”

During the aforementioned press conference the sharks were circling a struggling NHL franchise, luckily for Islander fans it was the Coyotes they had in their sights. With many French Canadian reporters asking about the league owned franchise and the prospects of Quebec City regaining a franchise.

Bettman’s comments are nothing new and echo similar comments made during previous discussions about the Nassau Coliseum situation.

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