Howard Baldwin

NHL Commissioner: Islanders Staying In New York, Not Considering Hartford

NHL Commissioner: Islanders Staying In New York, Not Considering Hartford

The long-shot bid to bring the New York Islanders to Hartford fizzled out this week with reports the team is planning to build a new arena in New York.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reached out to Islanders ownership earlier this year pitching the XL Center as a home for the NHL franchise after news reports that the team would be leaving the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after the 2018-19 season.

But on Friday NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters the team would submit a bid to build a new hockey arena at Belmont Park and was also considering land next to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The Islanders declined to comment.

"We will continue to focus and advocate...

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