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NHL wants Isles to stay on Long Island

Updated: August 2, 2011, 5:09 PM ET
Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A day after voters soundly defeated the idea of borrowing $400 million for a new arena, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that the league would strive to keep the New York Islanders from leaving town when the team's lease expires in 2015.

Meanwhile, Nassau County officials announced plans to open the 77-acre parcel to any developer interested in proposing new ideas for the site.

Voters, in a rare midsummer referendum, rejected a plan that would have ...

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