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Islanders News: ESD okay’s Belmont, only a couple more steps to go before it’s official

Also, is it possible that they Dynasty-era Islanders once looked human?

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New York Islanders Granted Development In Belmont
Islanders owner Jon Ledecky’s vision is almost realized, and he reportedly got choked up talking about it.
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

Hmm, we didn’t miss anything in the last couple of days, did we?

Islanders News

  • Oh, right! That Belmont Project. Yes, it was approved unanimously by the Empire State Development Group. It still has a couple of minor hurdles to go, but clearing its most important one in emphatic fashion portends a positive outcome. [Newsday | Islanders | AP | LI Herald]
  • If you’re into that sort of thing, here’s the 396-page transcription of Thursday’s meeting of the ESD in which the project’s vote occurred. [ESD]
  • Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, and Bob Nystrom all appeared on ABC’s “The Superstars,” which pitted superstars of various sports against each other in different competitions. [Islanders]
  • That was probably more fun for them than the middle of the 1982-83 season, in which they struggled mightily after a hot start. We all know how it ended, though. [Maven’s Memories]
  • It’s never too early to talk about 2021 and Seattle’s expansion draft, but the Islanders appear somewhat well-positioned for this one if things remain the same as they are currently. [THN]
  • If we can talk about the future, we can also talk about the past. Carey assembles the all-decade team for Islanders from the 2010s, and man have the Islanders been kinda lacking in overall talent. [LHH]
  • LISTEN: In this episode, the InGoal Radio Podcast sat down with Mr. Goalie Glenn Hall.
  • LISTEN: Our very own Dom appeared on the Let’s Go Blues Podcast to talk about the history between the Islanders and the Blues, as well as what the St. Louis Stanley Cup means to him. I am excited to listen to this today.

Happy to see Jordan Eberle back on the Island already:


  • After it was reported last week that he wasn’t sure whether he’d continue his NHL career following the conclusion of his contract, Alexander Ovechkin now would not like to discuss retirement and is instead focused on this season with the Capitals. [NHL]
  • “High-character” Coyotes forward and old friend Michael Grabner does a good job adjusting to new situations. [The Athletic]
  • Did you want to learn about the “often complex relationship” that exists between the game of hockey and punk rock? Of course you did. Gather ‘round, children. [The Athletic]