IceDogs awaiting decision

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

The dance between the Mississauga IceDogs and the city of Niagara Falls is down to its final strokes.

Capital Sports Management, which owns the IceDogs, has until next week to decide whether to take or leave the city's counter-proposal after it was spurned a second time on Monday night.

The Ontario Hockey League wanted the issue of the IceDogs' new home solved weeks ago, and Roy Mlakar, who is heading CSM while also working as the president of the Ottawa Senators, knows it.

"We pretty much have a gun to our head here," Mlakar said. "(The OHL) needs to get its schedule done for next season."

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk owns both the IceDogs and St. Michael's Majors. The plan remains for him to sell the IceDogs so the Majors can move into the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Toronto investor Tom Bitove would buy the team and have it play in Niagara Falls.

If the Falls route does not come to pass, Mlakar said it was too early to say whether the clubs would keep the status quo and play in their present arenas. Getting out of the antiquated St. Michael's Arena in Toronto has been Melnyk's goal for years.


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