The New York Islanders are in year one of a 25-year lease deal with Barclays Center in Brooklyn and both sides are reportedly already looking for a way out.
According to the New York Post, "The Islanders’ relationship with Barclays Center has been on such thin ice during the club’s first season in Brooklyn that both sides are secretly exploring ways to cut ties or modify the existing terms of their lease." Citing sources, the article states that there is an out clause that kicks in after the fourth season which both sides may take advantage of.
Should the Islanders move again, that begs the question just where they would move to. If you think they could just return to Nassau Coliseum, there are several reasons that make that an unlikely scenario.
The Islanders moved originally because they were losing money in Nassau. The New York Post article says the team was losing roughly $20 million every year. For anyone who has actually been to Nassau Coliseum, that should come as no surprise. To get there from New York City, you have to take the Long Island Railroad to Nassau County and then take a Taxi from the station to the stadium as it is not within walking distance from any station. It's not exactly an easy destination to get to.
Plus, the stadium is supposed to undergo renovation that will reduce the number of seats to 13,000, making it too small for an NHL franchise.
If the Islanders do indeed want to move, it will likely mean the team building its own arena.