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Penguins talks put Bettman in potentially ugly pickle

Updated: March 9, 2007, 4:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins have put local and state officials on what amounts to "double-secret probation" while they look around for a new place for the star-laden team to play hockey next season.

At least that's the gist of this week's announcement from Mario Lemieux and his partners in what they describe as an "impasse" with local authorities on a new arena deal.

Maybe this is Lemieux and the rest of the Penguins' ownership group putting local politicos' collective feet to the fire ...

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