Nassau Coliseum

Ratner group wins bid to renovate Nassau Coliseum


In an interesting twist, the company that helped lure the New York Islanders to Brooklyn has won the bid to renovate the soon-to-be-former home arena of the team — the same arena that was too out of date for the team to stay there anymore.

From NBC New York:

New York officials have chosen an affiliate of Forest City Enterprises, which recently opened the Barclays Center, to oversee a $229 million renovation of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano made the announcement Thursday.

Nassau Events Center, LLC was picked over the Madison Square Garden Co.

The selection of developer Bruce Ratner’s group is expected to accelerate the long-stalled process to renovate the aging arena.

There’s also this, from

Ratner has promised to host 300 events per year in Uniondale, N.Y. Under his plan, the Islanders would return to the Coliseum to play six home games each season. He will also look to attract an American Hockey League franchise as a tenant, and fill other dates with concerts and family shows. 

“We’re planning to redo the whole thing. It needs a redo. It’s 41 years old. Doesn’t look good, not good when you’re in it. You really need to pick a team that’s going to completely redo it,” Ratner told WLNY-TV in May.

“It’s got to look beautiful, iconic. Because there are 3 million people that live on the Island, and they’ve gotta have a place – whether it’s entertainment, whether its sports – they’ve gotta have a great place. And we’ve put together an incredible team.”

Ratner’s plan reportedly calls for a 13,000-seat Coliseum, down from its current capacity of 16,170 for hockey.

It’s not clear if this decision will accelerate the Islanders’ plan to move to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season.

The next step in the process is to get approval from the Nassau County Legislature. And, apparently, MSG isn’t willing to give up quite yet.

Related: Bettman: Get the Isles to Brooklyn ASAP

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?