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You knew this wasn't going to be easy for Pens

Updated: December 21, 2006, 11:11 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Penguins fans, in your heart of hearts, you knew it was going to play out this way, didn't you?

It would have been too neat, too tidy otherwise. As many predicted, on Wednesday Isle of Capri was not awarded a license to operate slots in Pittsburgh. As a result, the gaming company's generous offer to build the Penguins a new arena, and secure the team's future for at least the next two decades, is worth little more than the paper on which the offer was written.

It's the thought ...

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