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Report: New York Islanders sold

Charles Wang (with GM Garth Snow, right) will be able to (perhaps) enjoy the Islanders' first season in Brooklyn before he fully hands the reins to new owners. Photo:

Charles Wang (with GM Garth Snow, right) will be able to (perhaps) enjoy the Islanders' first season in Brooklyn before he fully hands the reins to new owners.

Maybe Charles Wang found his $548 million buyers after all.

Just one week after a collapsed deal led to the filing of a lawsuit by a jilted buyer, Arthur Staple of Newsday is reporting that the New York Islanders are finally, actually, truly being sold. He identifies the new buyers as Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals who sold his 24 percent stake in the team in 2001, and Scott Malkin, the chairman of Value Retail, parent company of several shopping centers that include Bicester Village in England, reportedly the most productive shopping center in the world.

Of course, this being the Islanders, the sale couldn't happen without a catch. Though terms of the deal have not been released, but Ledecky and Malkin will hold a minority interest in the team for the next two years before finally gaining majority control.

In the meantime, the Twittersphere is reacting to the big news:

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