Islanders discussing return to Coliseum, says Nassau County exec

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Andy Marlin / USA Today

Maybe you can go home again after all.

Amid reports the relationship between the New York Islanders and Brooklyn's Barclays Center is heading for a split, team co-owner Jonathan Ledecky has discussed a possible return to the Veterans Coliseum, Nassau County executive Edward Mangano said in a statement, according to Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach of Newsday:

There is a path for the Islanders to return to the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum where the best sight lines in NHL remain, improved attractive facilities for fans and athletes and room to add seats to accommodate the Islanders. While the decision remains with the Islanders we believe Long Island fans will make the Islanders successful in the new Coliseum.

The Coliseum served as the Islanders' home from 1972 - 2015, at which time it was vacated in favor of Barclays Center. A $130-million renovation has since begun, and a further retrofit could allow for an updated 15,000 seat home for the Islanders that would be more hockey friendly than their current home.

The Islanders and Barclays Center each have the ability to opt out of their lease agreement in January 2018. According to Brodsky and Baumbach, if the Islanders opt out, they can leave after the 2017-18 season or the 2018-19 season. If Barclays Center opts out, the team has to leave after the 2018-19 season.

The team was also looking at the possibility of building a new arena in Queens are recently as this past July.