NHL, Islanders dealing with major ice issues at Barclays Center

Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss all the news and rumors around the NHL, including the possibility of Pavel Datsyuk heading back to Russia.

The New York Islanders‘ first season at the Barclays Center has been anything but ideal.

In February it was reported the team and venue were looking for ways to cut ties, the team has the third-lowest attendance in the NHL this season, and now the ice is giving them major problems.

Sportsnet’s Damien Cox reported on the Headlines segment during Hockey Night in Canada that the NHL is in the process of trying to install a new dehumidification system. This would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem, according to Cox.

Islanders players have not been shy about criticizing the quality of the ice. Earlier this week following a win over the Hurricanes Kyle Okposo described it as “awful” and said players can’t have it like that.

“It’s got to change,” added Okposo, a pending unrestricted free agent. “It’s got to be better than that.”

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