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Bettman: Get the Isles to Brooklyn ASAP

Apr 26, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

You may recall earlier this month when it was reported that the New York Islanders may depart for Brooklyn after the 2013-14 season, one year earlier than their move from Nassau Coliseum to the Barclays Center was originally planned.

Well, that would be just fine with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

“I’d like to see them in the newer building as soon as possible,” said Bettman, speaking at the Associated Press Sports Editors commissioners meeting, per Newsday.

For now, the Isles’ lease at Nassau Coliseum expires at the end of the 2014-15 season. And according to Bettman, the Islanders are “prepared to fulfill their obligations under their burdensome lease.”

But, “If Nassau County was inclined to let them go earlier, I know they would go.”

The Islanders — who are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 — believe that the move to Brooklyn will, among other things, help them attract free agents that may not have wanted to play at the team’s current rink (which is, in fact, anything but current).


  1. JoeAvg - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I always used to be amazed at how the media seemed to use the most unflattering image of Bettman they could find. Then I realized that there’s nothing they can do about it – he simply just looks like a weasel!

    • jjregan21 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      If he were a Harry Potter character, he’d work at Grignotts…

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Dude, play it cool. If Burke has the cajones to sue random internet commentators, there’s no telling what Bettman will do.

  2. redgreentape - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    He is a Weasel.

  3. gettingpwned - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    and he’s 5 feet tall. so yes, he’d work at gringnotts.

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