Potential move still hangs over Penguins' franchise

Updated: December 4, 2006, 9:13 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- One thing's for sure after Monday's interview between potential Pittsburgh Penguins owner Jim Balsillie and the league's executive committee: Everyone from the Penguins mascot to commissioner Gary Bettman has their fingers crossed that the Isle of Capri gaming company is awarded a slots license Dec. 20.

Because without it, the NHL might well be headed for a battle with Balsillie over what becomes of the franchise.

"It was a good, open, candid dialogue. I think ...

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