Islanders To Play Possible Final Home Game At Nassau [AUDIO]
As Game 6 looms on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon, the Islanders could be playing at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the final time in their storied franchise history. Is this add an emotional aspect for this New York franchise?
“I think the young guys will be happy to move into a new building,” said Barry Melrose, with Armen and Levack, on 104.5 The Team. “Guys like me who know the history of the building, I’m sad to see it gone, but I’m happy to see one last playoffs in it before it goes down.”
“It is sad right now,” said MSG Networks Host Shannon Hogan, with Armen and Levack. “It’s exciting the team is starting a new chapter but they’re not going to forget where they came from. The fans are going to follow them to Brooklyn as well.”
Melrose believes that it’s well beyond time that the team moves out of the building:
“There’s a lot of history in it. For me, it means a lot. I saw that building rocking and I saw the Stanley Cup being brought around that building. These young guys, when they see these new buildings in other cities, it makes Nassau look pretty shabby. It’s not a great building.”
Hogan took exception to Melrose downplaying Nassau’s relevance.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” countered Hogan. “He obviously was not in the same building I was in for game 3 and game 4. It obviously is an old barn but there’s something fantastic about that. I definitely feel like it’s an emotional situation. I think the players enjoy playing there. It’s their home as well.”
Here’s to hoping that Nassau gets to stay open for at least one more round of the 2015 NHL post-season.