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Isles' Owner: "Barclays Is Beautiful"


Islanders owner Charles Wang declined comment Sunday on whether Bruce Ratner or Mikhail Prokhorov had approached him about moving his hockey team to Barclays Center but admitted that he had visited the arena "recently" and found it "beautiful, a beautiful facility," and one he is "a little jealous of."

Ownership and management of the Nets and Barclays Center have made it clear they'd love to have the Islanders join the Nets in Brooklyn in 2015 when their Nassau Coliseum lease runs out...if not sooner. The Islanders and Devils will in fact play in the first sporting event at the arena, an October 2 preseason game. Moreover, Russia's KHL league has agreed to play regular season games in Brooklyn.

"I was just there recently. It"s beautiful. It's a beautiful facility," Wang told MSG's Howie Rose. But when Rose asked if he has been approached by Ratner or Prokhorov, Wang replied: "I don't think it's wise to comment on that point because there a lot of things at this point. We will consider every option."