Whom should we believe: Balsillie or Bettman?

Updated: December 19, 2006, 8:16 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There are two ways to look at the NHL's driving away of Canadian billionaire and would-be owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jim Balsillie.

First, there is the NHL Kool-Aid view. By slapping last-minute conditions on the hard-nosed businessman, thereby restricting Balsillie's ability to move the team from Pittsburgh, the league has given the Penguins and their fans the best chance not only to survive but also thrive in Pittsburgh. Keeping the team in Pittsburgh will definitely be viewed as ...

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