Well, right on cue, after posting last night that I didn’t plan on covering the Islanders or Coyotes situations anymore, I wake up to this article in the Star: “Islanders Have Escape Clause in Coliseum Lease.” (Here’s a similar article from the Long Island perspective.)
Technically, I said I wouldn’t be covering minor developments, and this does qualify as a fairly significant twist in the Isles’ situation. Previous reports suggested the Islanders couldn’t have broken their current lease that runs through 2015 even if they’d wanted to.
What this doesn’t change is that owner Charles Wang does not want to leave Long Island, KC is being used as a pawn, and progress seems to be happening on a new arena deal on Long Island. It just leaves the door ever so slightly ajar for KC in the event that an arena deal falls through.