Wednesday December 14, 2005 2:59 pm
Penguins May Leave Pittsburgh
The last placed Penguins with new rookie sensation Sidney Crosby may have to change their address after the ‘06-07 season, when their lease at Mellon Arena expires. Penguins already have such a good history in Pittsburgh, they used to have a cool nickname for their stadium- the Igloo, but Mellon Arena is the oldest and smallest arena in the National Hockey League. It’s been tough sports-wise for the city of Pittsburgh since 1992, if it weren’t for the NFL Steelers. In 1992, the Penguins wrapped up the season by winning their second Stanley Cup championship.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman listed seven cities—Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Portland, Winnipeg, Quebec, and Hamilton (Ontario) have all expressed interest in getting an NHL team. To me, there is already enough confusion: Hartford Whalers changing their name to the Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets turning into Phoenix Coyotes, the Quebec Nordiques relocating to become the Colorado Avalanche etc etc… For those reasons alone, I hope the Penguins are able to stay in Pittsburgh.
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