Cities that might be interested in the Islanders

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QUEENS  Arena: Could be built in Willets Point, near Citi Field.. The challenge: Securing land for an arena and having two hockey teams, the Rangers and Islanders, so close together..

BROOKLYN  Arena: Atlantic Yards area is to be the site of new arena for the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets.. The challenge: As now designed, the arena doesn't meet National Hockey League rules. Sources say there's been no talks between Islanders owner Charles Wang and Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner..

QUEBEC CITY  Arena: Colisee Pepsi, built 1950. The NHL Nordiques played there until 1995. Friday, the city announced it plans to build a new arena in hopes of bringing back an NHL team and of hosting the Winter Olympics.. The challenge: Quebec would need a new arena..

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  Arena: MTS Centre; opened 2004. The challenge: Winnipeg isn't looking at the Islanders as its first choice, as sources there note that teams in Tennessee, Arizona, Florida and Georgia all may have reasons to move..

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN  Arena: Credit Union Center. The challenge: Saskatoon's population, at about 212,000, may be too small to support an NHL team, says Jennifer Balon, director of Saskatoon's regional economic development agency..

HAMILTON, ONTARIO  Arena: Copps Coliseum, opened 1985. The challenge: Some say the Toronto Maple Leafs are too close. And Copps Coliseum would need an overhaul for an NHL team. Other teams have been rumored headed for Hamilton, such as the Phoenix Coyotes and the Atlanta Thrashers..

HARTFORD. Arena: XL Center; opened 1975. The challenge: The city would need a new arena. Local developer Lawrence Gottesdiener has tried twice to bring NHL teams to Hartford, but the teams stayed in their cities..

KANSAS CITY, MO.  Arena: Sprint Center, opened 2007. The challenge: Fewer than 10,000 fans attended the preseason game the Islanders played in Kansas City in September. Although even fewer attended preseason games at the Nassau Coliseum, some thought that Kansas City should have gotten a better showing..

LAS VEGAS  Arena: None.. The challenge: It could take up to two years to design and build an arena to seat between 18,000 and 20,000 fans..

SEATTLE  Arena: KeyArena, rebuilt 1995. The challenge: Seattle would need a new arena to house an NHL team, and the economy has put most discussions on hold, sources said..

HOUSTON. Arena: Toyota Center. The challenge: The city is open to an NHL team, but it's not actively pursuing one..

OKLAHOMA CITY  Arena: Ford Center or Cox Convention Center. The challenge: Talk in Oklahoma City centers around luring an American Hockey League franchise, not necessarily an NHL team.

TULSA, OKLA.  Arena: BOK Center. The challenge: Advocates say Tulsa should try to lure an NHL team. But there's a lot of competition among would-be NHL cities, and sources say Tulsa isn't at the top of most lists.

PORTLAND, ORE.  Arena: Rose Garden, opened 1995. The challenge: Economic development officials, including representatives from the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers are working on how to best use the arena and the surrounding area.. DES MOINES. Arena: Wells Fargo Arena, opened 2005. The challenge: The arena's general manager, Matt Homan, said the market may be too small to support an NHL team, but he is still hoping to bring hockey to the area.

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