In a recent article by Newsday Bettman was quoted say that he believes that the Islanders are staying in Nassau and that a deal for a refurbish Coliseum can still happen.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he would find it hard to believe a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum, thus keeping the Islanders on Long Island, before the lease expires in 2015.
"They still have three-and-a-half years to go, Bettman said in an informal session following a news conference here during All-Star Weekend. I find it hard to believe that there wont be a solution to that building situation. Long Island deserves a new building, not just for hockey, but for concerts and family shows and the like. And Ive got to believe the people in charge of those things will tend to it in due course.