If the Penguins do not reach a deal with state officials for a new arena in Pittsburgh, a politician and a businessman say they will try to persuade a judge to let the public buy the team or prevent it from moving until it repays $10 million in public money.
The request for a court injunction would only be filed if the Penguins announce they are leaving the city, said Mike Dawida, a former Allegheny County councilman and state lawmaker who is running for county controller.

"We want to be ready," Dawida said Friday. Still, he said he hopes a deal can be reached and the team stays.

The Penguins are threatening to leave Pittsburgh if they can't secure a new rink. Their lease at 46-year-old Mellon Arena, the oldest facility in the league, expires June 30 and the team is free to leave after that.