Isles sale approved, not finalized

The sale of the Islanders from Charles Wang to Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin has been approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors, Comissioner Gary Bettman said.

Wang will still have a minority ownership in the Islanders under the new owners and the deal is not finalized.

The deal is to sell the team to Ledecky and Malkin, who will be minority owners for two years, after which they will assume majority control over the organization, the Islanders said.

Goal is to have the deal done before the season starts, Bettman said.

The Governors met on Tuesday in New York, with Wang in attendance.

Isles sale being discussed…

Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Barry Melrose calls in’s Brian Compton and Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank react to Friday night’s win over New Jersey at the Barclays Center. Plus, Brian chats with ESPN’s Barry Melrose about how the Metropolitan division stacks up.

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  • Reaction to Friday’s win over NJ at Barclays
  • Visnovsky hurt
  • Ryan Pulock emerging
  • Forwards
  • Barry Melrose interview (8:45)
  • Issues with the Barclays Center (21:00)

Isles trim 15 from training camp

The Islanders announced they have trimmed 15 players from their training camp roster.

From the Isles:

Forward Sebastian Collberg and defensemen Loic Leduc, Andrey Pedan, Adam Pelech and Jesse Graham have been assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Forwards Justin Courtnall, Colton Gillies, Chris Langkow , C.J. Stretch and Scooter Vaughan, along with defenseman Mark Nemec and goalie Shane Owen have been released from professional tryout contracts. Forward Ross Johnston and goalie Philippe Trudeau have been released from amateur tryout contracts.

Forward Lukas Sutter has been transferred to Sound Tigers training camp.

Barclays Center is not perfect, but can work for hockey

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Brooklyn, N.Y. — It would be safe to say that, to many Islander fans, Friday’s preseason game in Brooklyn was more about seeing what the future home of the team will look like rather than scoping out the team itself. The venue was the topic of discussion for fans on Twitter and for fans in the building.

Barclays Center was not built for hockey. It would be hard to argue against that by any means.

However, to say that it is terrible for hockey would not be accurate either. The thing with Barclays Center is that it has its’ flaws, but it also has a lot of positives. The most obvious being that the building isn’t 43 years old. Nothing against Nassau Coliseum — it’s a building that is great for hockey, but lacks modern amenities and is literally falling apart.

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