The governor of Connecticut made a pitch Friday to bring the Islanders to Hartford for the 2018-19 season.
Hartford had been home to the Whalers untl the franchise relocated to Carolina in 1997.
Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT) sent a letter to Islanders ownership making his state’s case as the team’s future home.
Via WFSB, it reads in part: It has come to our attention that the Islanders may be in the need for a new home after the 2017-18 season. Recognizing that many issues will complicate your decision making, we would nonetheless like to offer Hartford’s XL Center as an option for your interim use.
Malloy later adds we would suggest the building as a long-term solution to your needs as well.
The Islanders play in Brooklyn, but reports say the team will be forced out of the The Barclays Center after next season when the lease is terminated.
Senators coach Guy Boucher even thinks that Karlsson should be seriously considered for the Hart Trophy.
With what he’s done this year, the way he’s done it, I can’t imagine better, Boucher told reporters last month. Right now, it’s absolutely sublime. It really is.
Karlsson was snubbed in the Norris voting last year despite leading NHL defensemen in nearly every offensive category. The Kings’ Drew Doughty took home the award because of his defensive skills.
With Burns and Karlsson so close in offensive production, Karlsson gets the edge here because he’s a better all-around defenseman.