I find it interesting that the Pens posted a link to that interview on their web site. Verbally in the media the Pens have stayed on message, always touting the IoC plan, complying with their contract.
But Onorato floats the possibility that he could endorse another plan, given of course that they fully fund a new arena, and the Pens quietly publicize those statements in cyberspace.
Sounds like the Pens are saying, "Please support the IoC plan, but if you can force Ratner or Barden to cough up $290 mil instead, we certainly won't stop you, wink wink."
I hate to trust any of the Three Amigos, and leave myself vulnerable to heartbreak. But I must say there's an obvious logic to what Onorato is saying. Better to create three arena possibilities, then to roll the dice on one, especially when it's questionable how much of a difference his endorsement will make to the Gaming Board.