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Report: Barclays piping system doesn't meet NHL's requirements

Anthony Gruppuso / USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders appear to be skating on thin ice.

Barclays Center, the team's home arena, is reportedly ill equipped to make it, at least by the NHL's standards.

A couple players were critical of ice conditions Friday, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, with Cal Clutterbuck calling it "unplayable" and Johnny Boychuk describing it as "bouncy."

Switching from plastic pipes to steel would require shutting the arena down for an entire summer, something Staple believes there's almost zero chance of happening.

The Islanders can reportedly opt out of Barclays Center after the 2017-18 season, and the club was also eyeing different spots around New York in which to build a new arena as recently as July.

Here's to a cold winter in Brooklyn, for the Islanders' sake.

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