Fox Sports: What will happen to the NY Islanders?
Fox Sports analyst Craig Custance said the Isles’ AHL team, the Rochester Americans, will be the newest team in the NHL, and the NHL will be “in a really good position” to get them to New York.
Custance said in an interview on the NHL Network that he expects the NHL to be able to get teams to New Jersey in 2018-19, and that they have a deal with the Devils to keep the Isles there.
“There’s an opportunity for them to move in 2018, which is what they’ve been waiting for,” Custance told NHL Network on Tuesday.
“It’s a little bit like the New York Islanders and their deal with [the Devils], it’s an expansion franchise, so it’s not a real hard sell.
It’s an easy sell, really, for the Islanders, because they have their home rink in Brooklyn, which I think they want to do well.
But it’s also an expansion team.
And so, I think it’s a lot easier for them, in my opinion, to stay in Brooklyn than to move.”
Custence also said that if the Islanders can’t win a Stanley Cup in the near future, the team could consider moving to New Orleans.
“I would love to see them play in New Orleans, but they can’t,” Custence said.
“You have to have some sort of relocation.
You can’t just put a franchise in the middle of a big city, and then the whole thing just dies.
So, you’ve got to have a plan for a franchise that’s going to do what’s best for the franchise.
But I think that’s what I think the NHL has to look at.
But for now, I’d love to hear from them.”
The Islanders are in the first round of the playoffs, and Custance is predicting that they will win the first two games of the series against the New Jersey Devils.
“It’s not just the Islanders that are going to get a shot at winning the first game,” Custances said.
“[The Devils] have been pretty good this year, and if they can keep winning games, and they’re able to keep playing well and they get a lot of games going, it’ll be pretty easy for them.
But, you know, they’ve got a lot to play for.”