Isles Won’t Consider Hard-Core Queens. Yet.

Apparently the Islanders won’t be moving to Queens just yet.

The team released a statement saying they’re not moving into the now-industrial area near Citi Field, formerly known as Shea Stadium.

I’m from Queens and I know that area near Shea. It’s a maze of chop shops (or at least car repair places housed in free-standing structures; if you lose a hub cap or need a used part, you go to this area to get it), but the city is kicking everyone out so it can be built up into something nicer. It’s a good area in that it’s train-accessible, and it’s a sporting part of Queens: the U.S. Open is held right around there, too. So conceptually, I don’t think the move is crazy. And Ranger tickets have been hard to get the past few seasons, so maybe people would settle for Islander tickets. But I can’t imagine the Rangers would welcome a team into the city limits.

This will be interesting to watch as my two favorite things converge: hockey and Queens.

I don’t want to talk too much about real estate, though. This isn’t the LA Times. The Times game story about the Kings win over the Flames is mostly about Mike Cammalleri’s LA home. My apologies if this is a Tribune cost-savng initiative to combine sports reporting and real estate reporting.

Also has started sketching out ideas for Olympic rosters. Team Canada is going to be huge, with Allan Muir suggesting a third-line pair of Mike Green and Jay Bouwmeester. That’s a lot of talent for your third d-set. It’s also like basically using two forwards. As an American, I’m OK with that, though.

Michael Farber’s U.S. team preview features Scott Gomez and Chris Drury down the middle, which makes me wonder if Farber has seen the Rangers play this season. Or if maybe he just doesn’t love America.