NHL notes: If you build it, Isles will stay

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, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

The New York Islanders finally are getting a new arena -- maybe.

Nassau County will build a new entertainment complex, including an arena and a minor-league ball park, public officials announced Wednesday.

That's provided they get taxpayers' approval. Residents will decide in a referendum Aug. 1 whether to go ahead with the plan.

The Islanders have met numerous roadblocks over the past eight years in attempting to spearhead a new development to replace the Nassau County Coliseum.

"It has been a long journey to get to this point and I am extremely confident that a new home for the Islanders will be built and a destination location will be achieved," Isles owner Charles Wang said.

Without a new arena, Wang has threatened to relocate the team when its lease expires in 2015.

If approved, construction would begin next year and be completed by 2015.

Earn it, darn it

Claude Julien wants the Boston Bruins to feel good about making it to the Eastern Conference final ... but not too good.

"We've gotten here because we have earned it," the Bruins coach said Wednesday.

However, the Bruins have yet to earn the Stanley Cup.

"If we are going to get an opportunity at challenging for the Stanley Cup, we certainly can't have a sense of entitlement here," Julien said.

"We still have to prove that we belong here. It only gets tougher as you move forward here and we understand that."

The Bruins meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern final starting Saturday in Boston.

Julien expects a tight-checking series.

"They (the Bolts) are a team that doesn't give much space and I don't think you are going to see a wide open game," Julien said. "And it's going to be about grinding it out and battling it out."

Misfit Toy Story

The Lightning's playoff run has put Disney On Ice ... well, on ice.

The Disney On Ice presentation of Toy Story 3 was scheduled for the St. Pete Forum, May 19-22.

Well, who knew the Bolts still would be playing at this time of year?

But now Games 3 and 4 of the Lightning-Bruins series have been set for next Thursday and Saturday, May 19 and 21.

Even in Florida, in the shadow of Disney World, Lightning takes precedence over Lightyear.

BRIEFLY: The Montreal Canadiens are expected to sign defence prospect Alexei Yemelin next week, according to Le Journal de Montreal. Yemelin, 25, the Habs' second-round draft pick in 2004, is playing for Russia at the world championship where he is expected to meet with Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier ... Milan Hejduk has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Colorado Avalanche. The 35-year-old forward has had 11 consecutive 20-goal seasons in Colorado. Hejduk played in 71 games last season, scoring 22 goals, including 10 on the power play ... The Columbus Blue Jackets lost a staggering $25 million this past season, after losing $14 million each of the previous two seasons, the Dispatch reports. If this continues, get the relocation rumours ready. Maybe the Thrashers, Coyotes and Blue Jackets will end up fighting over Winnipeg.


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