Super Mario mum on Pens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

DALLAS -- Sidney Crosby would be wise to avoid investing in Pittsburgh Steelers season tickets.

While Crosby, 19, is the toast of the town here at the NHL all-star festivities, there's a chance he and the rest of the Penguins might not be calling Pittsburgh home next season.

Owner Mario Lemieux wouldn't comment on where the deal with the Pennsylvania state government and the city to build a new arena stands, but he indicated that time is of the essence to get a deal done if the Penguins are to stay in Pittsburgh.

There is an offer on the table to move to Kansas City where the new Sprint Center is ready.

"No comment. I don't really know what's going to happen," Lemieux said yesterday. "We need to know because guys like Sidney Crosby need to know what colours they're going to wear next year."

The NHL's board of governors, however, will be getting an update from Lemieux and Co. this morning at a downtown hotel.

Crosby isn't sure what's going to happen to the Penguins -- whose lease at Mellon Arena runs out this summer -- but he's not trying to concern himself either.

"I don't know a whole lot," said Crosby. "Obviously, I think the players on our team are pretty content being in Pittsburgh. We really enjoy it there. We get great support. That's where we want to be, but again, it's out of our hands. We have heard the rumours, it's quite possible we could (move to Kansas City), but I think we're quite content with being in Pittsburgh."

AROUND THE BOARDS: Edmonton W Ryan Smyth said he's had no discussions with the Oilers on a new contract since before the season. It's believed Smyth, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is seeking a deal worth more than $5.25 million US a season. "Nothing has come about," said Smyth. "I'm going to leave that up to (agent Don Meehan) to discuss. I'm out of it. I just hope that Donnie and (Oilers GM) Kevin (Lowe) can work something out." ... The return of W Todd Bertuzzi to the Panthers' lineup is still up in the air, but it won't be until at least midway through February. Bertuzzi, recovering from back surgery, resumed light skating last month. The whisper out of Florida is Bertuzzi is determined to come back at some point this season because he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and wants to make sure teams get a look at him -- even if he returns after the trade deadline ... Eastern Conference coach Lindy Ruff is toying with the idea of putting Capitals star W Alexander Ovechkin and Crosby on the same line. "We want to allow them to showcase their talents," said Ruff, the coach of the Sabres.

OFF THE GLASS: Senators RW Dany Heatley will wear No. 16 during tomorow's all-star game. He had to give up his usual No. 15 to Toronto D Tomas Kaberle because Kaberle has played more NHL career games than Heatley. He was going to try to wear No. 51, but that belongs to Buffalo D Brian Campbell. "(Campbell) was voted in as a starter by the fans," said Heatley. So, why No. 16? "I'm wearing it in honour of Brett Hull," said Heatley. "He was a favourite of mine growing up, it was the number after 15 so I thought I may as well put it on." ... Montreal D Sheldon Souray is predicting a victory for Boston D Zdeno Chara in tonight's hardest shot contest during the skills competition. "He's a guy who can blast the puck," said Souray.


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