The fate of the Colorado Rockies will remain in limbo for at least another week.
The National Hockey League's Board of Governors, scheduled to convene Monday in Chicago, has delayed the meeting until May 10 to spend more time studying its options.
Rockies owner Peter Gilbert has asked the league to shift the team from Denver, where its annual losses have averaged $3 million, to the new Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.
The question of which pro hockey team will inhabit the new building has arisen regularly the past two years. The New York Rangers announced last month that they would not exercise their option to move to New Jersey, prompting further speculation that the Rockies would come east.
Other rumors have suggested that the Washington Capitals would shift to New Jersey, or that the Capitals and the Rockies would merge and the new team would play at the Meadowlands. Capitals owner Abe Pollin has been noncommittal on the status of his franchise and could not be reached for comment last week.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority repeatedly has expressed interest in getting a hockey team into the Meadowlands complex, which houses the Giants, Nets, Cosmos and a race track.
But for any NHL team to move, approval by all 21 teams is necessary, and the Philadelphia Flyers are reluctant to have another club move into their cable-TV territory.