The NHL’s New York Islanders, unable to work out a deal to renovate or replace the Nassau Coliseum, announced Wednesday they will join the NBA’s Nets in moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Islanders announced a 25-year agreement to play in the new arena, which will seat only about 14,500 people for hockey.
The move will take effect for the 2015-16 season. Cue the jokes about whether the NHL, which locked players out on Sept. 15 and on Tuesday declined an invitation from the players’ union to restart negotiations, will have resumed play by the time the Islanders’ move becomes official.
Brooklyn has had hockey before: The now-defunct New York Americans called themselves the Brooklyn Americans for a season, even though they only practiced there and played their home games at Madison Square Garden.