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Old 03-06-2007, 10:30 AM   #41
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Well hopefully they set up a time to meet in the VERY near future.
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Old 03-06-2007, 10:56 AM   #42
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Penguins and Lemieux blowing smoke? Milking the goverment for all they can? Making Fast Eddie sweat under the collar a little before they sign a deal?
I wouldn't call it blowing smoke,---I think there are legitimate issues that Mario & Co. have with the deal Fast Eddie & Co are proposing. I don't know the details of the deal, but from what I hear its not as good as the Steelers or Pirates got. (Especially when the facility is one we need anyway)

Mario knows his biggest and best hammer is the public opinion---especially when the Pens are so close to the playoffs and there is renewed energy in this town for them--selling out every night. He's absolutely putting pressure on all of the politicians.

If you notice, the only time the politicians move on this is when the Pens threaten something. Mario needs to keep the pressure on to get this done. But he has to be careful that he doesn't over play his hand. This may be the last big push---they need to get this done real soon while the team is making the stretch run.
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Old 03-06-2007, 10:59 AM   #43
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Good point Counselor. When things looked bleak last time the officials moved. Hopefully it happens again.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:06 PM   #44
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I don't care if they spend days and nights in that conference room. Get some blankets, some coffee, or whatever. This deal needs to get done. The city of Pittsburgh will greatly benefit from a new arena. It gets rid of all those crappy abandoned houses in the Hill district and opens the way for business. Maybe Lemieux is threatening in order for the Politicians to get off their collective butts and work for this deal. But I'm not gonna hold my breath.

I'm beginning to believe Lemieux actually means it this time...
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I don't care if they spend days and nights in that conference room. Get some blankets, some coffee, or whatever. This deal needs to get done. The city of Pittsburgh will greatly benefit from a new arena. It gets rid of all those crappy abandoned houses in the Hill district and opens the way for business. Maybe Lemieux is threatening in order for the Politicians to get off their collective butts and work for this deal. But I'm not gonna hold my breath.

I'm beginning to believe Lemieux actually means it this time...

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Hell they get in a meeting and I'll buy them for them and deliver. lol
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:22 PM   #47
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Just heard that if the Pens try to leave, the gov is gonna try to convince the NHL to stop them from leaving.

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Officials and the Pens meeting in the works for Thursday. Mario and company suppose to meet with Houston and Las Vegas soon.

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Officials and the Pens meeting in the works for Thursday. Mario and company suppose to meet with Houston and Las Vegas soon.
Houston has a true arena that can possibly support a hockey team. In LV all that I'm aware of is the Thomas and Mack Center and they lost the Las Vegas Gladiators. Then there is the Orleans Arena.

Either way, these two are most likely the weaker markets to having the Penguins. Pittsburgh still in my opinion has a better chance then LV or Houston at keeping the Penguins.
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Ditto SCM. The markets in those two cities are thin at best. Pittsburgh has a fan base already and a city worth of people pulling for them. Hopefully Thursday we get some great news and PA government folds and signs.
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