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Kansas City Moves On

Steve Brisendine, AP, via Belleville News Democrat,

Kansas City, jilted by one NHL team, is dusting itself off and moving on.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to stay put leaves the Sprint Center, scheduled to open in October as the centerpiece of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, still without the anchor tenant promised to the voters who approved it.
But despite their disappointment, local sports officials said that even being considered as the new home for one of the NHL’s best teams can only help them land another one - or, possibly, an NBA franchise instead.

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Thanks To Mario

from Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN,

They chugged Labatt Blue and shared man hugs at Happy Hour just down from 66 Mario Lemieux Place on Tuesday night because the planets aligned and the politicians agreed and hockey was staying in Pittsburgh.
Lemieux was nowhere to be found.
He slipped out of a press conference a mile across town, shielded in a herd of dark power suits, away from the handshakes and backslaps. The job was done, Lemieux saved hockey in Pittsburgh a third time, and the quiet Canadian who has somehow become the face of a blue-collar American city was tired.
“In the deal business, there’s a term that people sometimes call ‘deal fatigue,’” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “I think the process was wearing on him.”

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The Gov. Speaks

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mr. Rendell spoke this morning at a Spectrum Gaming Group conference in Harrisburg about gaming in Pennsylvania.
“This afternoon I am traveling to Pittsburgh, where we will announce that all three government entities (state, county, city) have agreed to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years. We will build a beautiful new arena.
“Make no mistake about it—without expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, the Penguins would be gone. The first puck would have been dropped next year in Kansas City.”

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Finally Some Good News

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so Pittsburgh fans will apparently be spared the sight of Sidney Crosby sporting an old Kansas City Scouts jersey and a Sprint Center hat, loading the Stanley Cup and the rest of his Penguins teammates into a convertible and after circling crumbling Mellon Arena once, making a beeline for the state line.
Whew.
And for that hockey fans everywhere can give thanks.

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Report- Penguins Have A Deal

fropm the AP via Sports Illustrated,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached a deal with city, county and state officials on financing for a new arena, a television station reported Monday night.
KDKA-TV, citing unidentified sources, said the deal is “done’’ and will be announced before Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena.

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More from KDKA…

added 12:38am, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The puck stays here.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have reached an agreement with state and local officials for construction of a new arena that keeps the team here under a 30-year lease.

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Roberts Will Give Crosby Room

from Robert Picarello at Fox Sports,

This is where Gary Roberts is going to be worth his weight in gold and black to Crosby and the Penguins this April in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The gritty Roberts, who has scored 20 or more goals 12 times in his career, was brought over from the Florida Panthers to play on the No. 1 line with Crosby, hoping the aging superstar could open up some room for the 19-year old and his linemate, Mark Recchi.
“I can’t believe I’m playing with those slugs,” joked Roberts, who had 29 points with the Panthers this season.

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Blame The Gov.

from bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

In the past two months, Rendell has behaved more like a dunce than a leader, more like a man interested in obstructing the process of getting a new arena for Pittsburgh instead of furthering it.
Had this been a Philadelphia franchise in peril, rest assured his actions would not have been so cavalier. Should the Penguins leave for Kansas City, and the belief here is that will not happen, Rendell will be the man most responsible.
As the power broker in these negotiations—the only politician with money to spend—Rendell has behaved recklessly in allowing the process to go as far as it has.

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Pittsburgh’s Future Looks “Brighter”

From AP via KDKA.com,

The future of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks a little brighter after a four hour meeting in Philadelphia Thursday evening.
Owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met in Philadelphia for negotiations for a new arena for the team.
The talks ended shortly after 11 p.m., and the sides agreed to meet again next week.
“We had a very constructive meeting where significant progress was made,” the team and elected officials said in a joint statement. “The parties have agreed to meet next Wednesday. They have also agreed that no further comment will be made.”

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Update 12:34 a.m. ET:
Video footage from KDKA televisions news with Penguins fans’ reaction to the situation.

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Stickey Situation For Bettman

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If the Penguins move after their Mellon Arena lease expires at the end of June, it will reinforce the widely held notion in much of the United States that the NHL is a rinky-dink operation. Imagine what the perception will be if the team folds up its tent days after winning a Stanley Cup.
But here’s the problem for Bettman: What happens if he cannot broker a deal between the two sides and ultimately decides Mario & Co. need to stay put? Does the NHL suddenly find itself in a tug-of-war with one of its greatest players and a Hockey Hall of Famer?

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Penguins Officials Head To Vegas

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins will travel to Las Vegas today to explore a possible move, as state and local leaders try to arrange a meeting with the team to get talks here back on track….
Team officials also are hoping to set up a meeting this week, possibly in Los Angeles, with representatives of Anschutz Entertainment Group, manager of the $276 million Sprint Center being built in Kansas City. They also are trying to set up a meeting in Houston, another city trying to attract a National Hockey League team.

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