Even before Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar bought the New York Islanders in 2000 (think: since the "Fishstick" jerseys and John Spano in the mid-90's), the New York Islanders were embroiled in a battle to renovate the Nassau Coliseum, and thoughout the Wang era, whether it was through Wang's "Lighthouse Project" or various referendums, the Islanders were never able to find a way to receive any sort of taxpayer subsidization to address the rinkety rink's numerous issues.
So this evening, even having followed the Daniel Alfredsson mess over the past week, I'm giving this story the, "Biggest What the *#$%@&? Moment of the Week" award.
With the Islanders heading to Brooklyn to play at the Barclay's Center, the Associated Press reports that the Barclay's Center's builders have landed a contract to finally renovate the rink and develop the surrounding real estate--after a decade-and-a-half of intense legal wrangling:
On Thursday, officials in this New York City suburb announce...