Originally created 12/21/06

NHL notebook



PITTSBURGH - The Pen-guins' future in Pittsburgh was in doubt following the state's rejection Wednesday of a slot-machine casino application by Isle of Capri Casinos, which had promised to build a $290-million arena if it got a license.

The Penguins ownership group, headed by Hall of Fame player Mario Lemieux, was discouraged by the outcome and said the franchise would begin weighing all options - including possible sale to owners who would move the two-time Stanley Cup champions.

The Isle of Capri rejection came only five days after wealthy Canadian businessman Jim Bal-sillie unexpectedly pulled out of his $175 million deal to buy the franchise, apparently because the NHL wanted him to commit to not moving the Penguins. Balsillie had been expected to close on the deal late last week.

FLYERS: Philadelphia acquired forward Mike York from the New York Islanders for center Randy Robitaille and a fifth-round pick next year.

York has six goals and seven assists in 32 games for the Islanders this season.

Robitaille has five goals and 12 assists in 28 games after signing with the Flyers as a free agent in the off-season.