Ratner: Isles likely in Nassau 'til '15

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Developer Bruce Ratner says it’s “highly likely” the New York Islanders will be staying at Nassau Coliseum until 2015.

“I think they’re going to be here two more years,” Ratner said Friday at the Coliseum, which is set to undergo a $229 million renovation. “That’s not 100 percent definite, but we’ll probably make a decision very shortly.”

There have been rumblings that the Islanders could leave for Barclays Center before their lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015. New York is expected to begin playing at the $1 billion Brooklyn arena in the 2015-16 season.

Ratner said the team’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, will soon be playing at the renovated Coliseum, which is expected to seat 13,000. The deal, though, still must be finalized with the Sound Tigers and Islanders owner Charles Wang.

Ratner, the developer of Barclays Center, hopes to make a deal with the NHL to have the Islanders play six home games per season at the Coliseum.

The Coliseum renovation project is expected to begin in June 2015 and be ready for events in September 2017.