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Brooklyn move restores Isles pride

Beleaguered franchise, fans will find new life in borough's billion-dollar arena

Updated: October 24, 2012, 9:15 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

Finally, a long-term deal for the Islanders that makes sense.

After years of toiling as the redheaded stepchild of the NHL, mocked for its antiquated facility, lack of on-ice success and general disarray, the beleaguered organization took a huge first step toward stabilizing the team and returning some cachet to what was once a proud and dynastic franchise.

Wednesday's announcement that the Islanders will move to Brooklyn in 2015 is a coup for the team, owner Charles ...

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