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1/18/2007 11:26:22 PM

There could be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell met with team officials and city and county leaders on Thursday night for a second meeting on how to pay for a new arena to keep the NHL franchise in Pittsburgh.

It was the second time this month that such a meeting has taken place, with Penguins co-owner Ronald Burkle, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl also attending.

Majestic Star Casino Don Barden, who has been awarded a slots license to build a casino on the North Shore, was also present.

"I'm going to do my part to keep (the Penguins) here," Barden told the Tribune-Review.

While Barden said that he believed a deal could be in place by the end of the month, Onorato added that a deal could be reached as early as Thursday evening.

"Anything is possible," Onorato told the paper as he arrived for the meeting.

"I'd characterize the past two weeks as good, very good negotiations. I'm still optimistic."

The news is a stark contrast from the bleak picture of NHL hockey in Pittsburgh just a month ago, when Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie withdrew his offer to purchase the Penguins because of terms and conditions set by the league.

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