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Brooklyn Nets owner not interested in buying an NHL team

Sep 27, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference Getty Images

If an NHL team finds its way to Brooklyn to play in the new Barclays Center, it won’t be owned by Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

That’s because Prokhorov tells the New York Post he won’t consider buying an NHL team until his Nets win an NBA championship.

And obviously that’s never going to happen.

(Kidding, kidding, I have no idea if the Nets are any good. Derrick Coleman still on the team?)

Of course, just because Prokhorov has no plans to buy a hockey team doesn’t mean there won’t be one playing in Brooklyn soon. Developer Bruce Ratner is the majority owner of the Barclays Center, and he’s been “trying like hell” to convince the New York Islanders to move into his arena once their lease at the Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015.

The Barclays Center isn’t an ideal option for the Isles, or any NHL team for that matter. Its seating capacity for hockey is just 14,500, which would make it the smallest in the league.

Plus, it looks like a big rusty barn.

  1. bcisleman - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    There are two possible options involving Barclays. If the Isles are to be a long term tenant, Ratner may be willing to reconfigure the arena to build capacity. The other possibility would be that Barclays is a short term answer while another arena is built in Uniondale or Queens.

  2. danphipps01 - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Man, someone tell this guy the Blue Jackets are poised for a Cup run. If he thinks the Nets can win, he’d probably buy it. And then possibly them. Whatever might get Scott Howson fired, right?

  3. davemeisner - Sep 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    The Nets are actually really close to being title contenders.. *muffled laugh*

  4. somekat - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The nets actually were in a position to become contenders oer the next few years. But decided instead to make a “competitive” team to try to bring in fans for the move. Of course, they won’t win anything for at least 5-6 years with this core, but they should be fun

  5. csilojohnson - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Yea because NY needs yet another sports team.

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