Ratner: Isles may stay through 2015, Sound Tigers coming to Long Island

Bruce Ratner, at the Nassau Coliseum press conference, said that it is “highly likely” that the Islanders will stay at the Coliseum through 2015.

There have been rumors that the Isles may bolt for Brooklyn a year earlier than expected, as Point Blank reported in April.

Ratner said he expects that the NHL would approve six Islanders games at the Coliseum after they move to Brooklyn.

He also noted that the Sound Tigers will move to Long Island, abandoning their current arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Ratner said that the move is dependent on a deal with Islanders and Sound Tigers owner Charles Wang.

The AHL team is not tied to their lease with the Webster Bank Arena, according to sources close to Point Blank. Any professional hockey team can fill the arena, not specifically the Sound Tigers, to fulfill the lease agreement the source said. The affiliate of the New York Rangers are rumored to be the team moving to Bridgeport, thus fulfilling the lease agreement.

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