In an article for Newsday, Arthur Staple talks about how moving into the new building in the Barclays Center will alter the Islanders perception around the NHL.
While he is right in saying that, a new building will only do so much. If the Islanders move to a new building but still operate like they do now, their perception will not change at all. The big thing that will change the teams perception around the league is performance on the ice. When the Islanders move, if they still operate on their shoe string budget and serve as the launching pad for AHL coaches to launch their NHL career, the way they are viewed around the league wont change at all any time soon.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what the building looks like you call home, if you want to be taken seriously and have a positive perception about yourself in the NHL, you have to win!