The Kansas City…uh, Islanders?

For those who are nostalgic for those ridiculous, panicked “Are the Kings moving to Kansas City?” stories from the summer, take a look at what’s happening out on Long Island today. It seems as though the Kings will play another preseason game in Kansas City in 2009, against the New York Islanders, and the New York media is taking that opportunity to fan the flames of a possible Islanders-to-Missouri story.

Report: Isles game in KC hints at possible move

Perhaps I could redirect some of the other ridiculous Kings-related rumors to New York!

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  • John

    Haha, excellent find! I have always been saying, it’s a retarded rumor, but the masterminds behind the rumor won’t admit it…

  • Joshua

    Yeah, get rid of that crazy JJ to Montreal rumor, or Kopi for Spezza…

  • peaches

    well, as one of the 2 that started the rumors, I take umbrage in the word “ridiculous”. In fact I thought it was a rather clever rumor, and made the long off-season much more interesting. Plus I still think it will happen!. Ok..ok..maybe it won’t, but hey, stranger things have happened right? ( baltimore to indianapolis. cleveland to baltimore…..oakland to l.a.-to oakland etc. etc.) and by the way, Liewieke has been spotted in many rib joints over the past month or so.

  • motalare

    That brand new facility is not going to stay empty indefinitely. How does this sound–The Kansas City Coyotes ;) Hey, the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City so anything is possible.

  • Damen

    AEG should buy the Clippers and move them to KC.

  • Anonymous

    Peaches…best example of all…LA Rams to St Louis

  • Paul from Oxnard

    I’m also one of the ones who suspected AEG could move the Kings elsewhere, and I’m still not ruling it out.

    However, in this case I’d say there’s a lot more possibility the Isles could move before the Kings, and there’s one big reason why.

    The Islanders have DESPERATELY needed a new arena for as long as I can remember. I grew up in NY. When I was a kid 25 years ago and went to Nassau Coliseum, it was a pit then. In a state that’s building shiny new stadiums for the Yankees, Mets, Nets, and possible Jets, you’d think they could throw the Isles a bone. After all, the Islanders have won more championships then the Rangers, yet it’s the team in Madison Square Garden that’s treated like darlings while the Isles get ignored and neglected.

    So if the Islanders don’t get a new arena soon, it wouldn’t shock me to see them move out of necessity. They just can’t sustain that franchise in that area in that building.

  • nykingfan

    Rich
    In this IT age, all of the rumors have been filtering to LI. I’m getting all of them…From here! LOL

    I don’t think right now there’s a prayer in hell that Wang is getting any kind of public funding for his lighthouse project. Local and State governments have no money and giving a handout to a billionaire is not going to get the local representatives re-elected. Unfortunately for the Islanders its a catch 22. They need the new arena to attract free agents but with the team doing so poorly, they’ve become an afterthought to the region. The fan base, which was incredible during the good times has completely abandoned the team. There are about 10,000 loyal fans that show up…actually a lot less. The rest only come when it’s good. This once proud franchise was decimated by fraudulent ownership and then by an owner who refused to spend a nickel on the team…Sound familiar guys???
    The people here thought Wang was the answer.

    As a Long Islander, it will be a sad day when the franchise has to move, but it’s becoming more and more inevitable. They are the Island’s only real professional franchise. It was something the people here were very proud of. Too bad the economy and poor management have eroded that pride.

    I still think that a move is a long way away. Hopefully before that time comes, the economy picks up and the franchise becomes stable…Unfortunately, that seems like a pipe dream.

  • http://islander80 clark

    the islanders right now are finally turning things around after milbury made a mess out of a hockey team. finally we’re starting to see some good young talent and a possible first round draft pick bringing in john taveres. if the isles get this kid the coliseum is gonna pack out next season

  • EAT THE RICH

    I find it f@#king unbelievable that these billionaires want taxpayers to fund their arenas.
    Henry bloody Paulsen, the leader of the Fed-bailout is actually trying to get the taxpayers to fund a soccer-only stadium in Portland Oregon so that he can get into the MLS. This guy is worth in the hundreds of millions.

    Too bad we’re such a pathetic bunch of brainwashed sheep. We just let these people keep doing it to us.
    Sooner or later, there will be blood.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/jan/14/henry-paulson-portland-sports

  • jediknight329

    i think it would be sad for the isles to leave li. four cups in a row in the early 80′s and now this. what a mess.

    as for lieweike (sp?), i saw him on saturday night before the devils game going into espn zone. peaches is right, he looks like he’s been hitting the rib joint circuit… not quite as svelt as he used to be.

  • Dan

    Being an Isles season ticket holder and Long Islander all my life, no Isles fan is taking this lightly. Maybe this will light the fire under the politicians.

    As for the attendence. Isles fans exsist, the poor management over the years has kept fans away but they still care. I bet tomorrow night vs the Devils sells out.

    the game last night vs the Bruins drew 15,500 the day of the announcement.

    We shall see.

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