County approves deal with Islanders for Cantiague Park practice facility

DCF 1.0The Nassau County Legislature’s Rules Committee voted to approve an agreement between the county and New York Islanders that would allow the team to renovate the ice rink at Cantiague Park and use it as their practice facility. It also  allows for the Islanders to use some of the space for team offices (Newsday, July 13).

The committee voted unanimously to approve the deal, which calls for the Islanders to hold regular open practices and autograph sessions at the new facility once it opens. The Islanders’ lease with the county will run 10 years with options for two, five-year renewals. Nassau County will receive $200,000 a year as part of the agreement and the Islanders will contribute $4.5 million into upgrading the rink.

County executive Ed Mangano first announced the plans for a new practice facility and team offices in Hicksville during his State of the County Address. The Islanders officially announced the deal in early June (IPB, June 5).

Some legislatures raised questions whether or not the deal violated state law as a misuse of park land, but county officials contend that the deal is legal. Newsday also ran an editorial last week raising similar concerns (Newsday, July 8).

The new practice facility and offices are expected to open in January.


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Mike Halmo and Kevin Czuczman accept qualifying offers

The Islanders announced that LW Mike Halmo and D Kevin Czuczman have accepted their qualifying offers (Arnold, July 14).

Halmo, 24, played 33 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season where he scored 10 goals and recorded eight assists. In the 2013-2014 season he appeared in 20 games for the Islanders.

Czuczman, 24, split time between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Florida Everblades last season. In 2013-2014 he appeared in 13 games with the Islanders.


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NHL.com: Dal Colle playing for family

On NHL.com, Brian Compton writes about the journey Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle has gone through to get where he is today.

Aside from the ups and downs of hockey, Dal Colle and his family have dealt with plenty of adversity, from his mother getting diagnosed with breast cancer to his brother living with autism. >> Read More

Islanders Point Blank Podcast: Anders Lee calls in

Brian Compton and Mike Carver discuss last week’s Blue and White scrimmage from Barclays Center.

Plus, Brian chats with Isles’ forward Anders Lee (6:40) about his new contract, being benched for Games 6 and 7 of the playoffs, and what it would be like if he were quarterback of the Jets.

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Capuano: Dal Colle should come to camp looking to win a job

Jack Capuano is challenging Michael Dal Colle to force the Islanders’ hand.

Capuano spoke to IPB’s Brian Compton and said that Dal Colle should come into training camp with the idea to win a job on the roster. (July 10)

Dal Colle, who would have to be returned to Juniors if he doesn’t make the team (he cannot play in the AHL until he’s 20 years old), could be given a nine-game try with the big club.

“We’ll cross that path when we get to it,” Capuano told Compton when asked of a potential nine-game look for Dal Colle.

To hear Compton’s interview with Dal Colle on the IPB podcast from earlier this summer, click here.

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The more I think about it, the more I become convinced Dal Colle can come in and win a job in camp. I actually think it works to his advantage that he can’t be sent to Bridgeport. Dal Colle has nothing left to prove in junior hockey. He scored 42 goals in 56 games last year. He’s ready to play with the big boys, and if he impresses in camp, it might be better for his development to get a full NHL season under his belt rather than lighting up the OHL all over again.

If Capuano is challenging Dal Colle to come in an beat out a player, I’d expect MDC to be ready to the task. It could be very interesting September if Dal Colle rises to the occasion.


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Newsday: Issues with the practice rink the Isles are renovating on LI

In an editorial for Newsday, numerous potential issues with the practice rink the Islanders are renovating on Long Island are discussed.

Among them is the fact that the deal might violate New York State parkland rules >> Read more