Thursday, January 04, 2007

K.C. offers Mario everything but the kitchen sink, but he's still "very optimistic" about new 'Burgh arena deal

Five words.

The proof is in the pudding.

All over the hockey 'Net world this afternoon, the only phrase you saw was "free rent", emanating from today's meeting with Kansas City's Sprint Center representatives. The Pens would indeed play rent-free if they accepted the offer proposed in their meeting today in K.C.

Then, the Pens' boys hopped on Ronny Burkle's private plane and headed back to Pittsburgh, were they met this afternoon with Gov. Rendell, County Exec. Dan Onorato, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, among others.

Mario briefly met with the media after the meeting, using terms that he was "very optimistic" after the meeting and that the meeting was "very positive".

Those are his words folks, not mine (I know, I know, hence the quotes, duh).

So what I'm saying is for those who may be making hotel reservations for Kansas City for next October's season opener, ya'll need to chill out. No one outside of those two parties knows what's in the fine print of that K.C. proposal. Unless you're 18 years old, you should know by now that nothing in this world is free.

In addition, and more importantly, anyone paying close attention to the arena and/or ownership situation has seen and read that Mario Lemieux has been extremely careful about how he is wording his comments and his statements to the media. Monsieur Lemieux absolutely would not be throwing out words like "very optimistic" and "very positive" towards the new arena deal just to blow smoke up the collective asses of Pens fans.

He and his ownership group are doing what they need to do in terms of exploring ALL of their options. Although it's unpleasant to see photos of Lemieux in K.C.'s arena and watch press conferences in K.C. discussing a possible timeline of the Pens playing in K.C. next season, it's the necessary due diligence that businessmen MUST DO with a multi-million dollar investment.

But this deal will get done, my friends. Is it possible they're still headed to K.C. ?? Absolutely, I'm not that naive.

But the deal is on the table, the terms have obviously been sweetened for the Pens, it's a matter of time.

Monsieur Lemieux will, once again, save the Pens, and in Pittsburgh.

6 comments:

A New Pirates Generation said...

Tony:

If the five words were supposed to be "the proof is in the pudding"...well, that's six.

I agree with everything else. I don't think the Pens will leave--but I don't completely rule out a move to K.C. (or elsewhere, I suppose).

For some reason, I have faith in Mario.

--Cory

Tony said...

Oh, for Christ sakes, I knew I'd screw that up...

Kris said...

This is definitely promising news for the penguins from everything I've been reading.

I guess KC did find an investor. Do I smell expansion into an unproven market?

By the way thanks for the link, I'll have yours up tomorrow.

Kris
www.pensinsider.com

POJO_Risin said...

I don't think the NHL will let that arena in KC languish that long without a tenant...

hopefully it won't be the Pens...

inevitably...look for a couple of franchises to move...

1 to KC, and 1 to Seattle (or potentially back to Vancouver) to even things out...

I still think the Pens moving to KC is better than 50%...but...

that's much lower than my previous thoughts...and rent free...

wow...didn't really think they'd go there...

Mark Rauterkus said...

I have a few radical ideas for what should / could happen with the Pens and our hockey venue situations.

They are radical as they are creative and NOT being done by the 3 amigos -- Ed, Dan and Luke.

Starters: Tell the Pens to play 10 games a year in KC until the new Allegheny County venue is opened.

Should the Pens move -- let's keep the Pens in Pgh to play 10 games a year. The Civic Arena isn't going anywhere. And, we'll need a fine minor league team too!

More at my blog.

Most of all, we need to get The Pens to move OFF of the lower hill. That location wasn't good for the slots parlor. Nor is it right for the best long-term health of the Pens.

Tony said...

You're right Mark, those are radical ideas...

In reference to the arena location, I can only speak as an out-of-towner, where both the Igloo and PNC/Heinz are excellent in terms of easy access back out to the highways... Now if I could just get out of the damn parking lots quicker...