the sale of the Penguins today in a deal guaranteeing that the Pens
would be playing at the Civic Arena for the next 16 years.
In a meeting that was held today, the Public Auditorium Authority was also
expected to approve the transfer of the arena's operational rights from
Edward J. DeBartolo's Civic Arena Corporation to Spectacor Management of
Philadelphia for $24 million.
That approval will cement the sale of the Pens by DeBartolo to the group
of Howard Baldwin, Harold Belzberg and minority partner Thomas Ruta.
The group bought the team for $31 million.
The NHL Board of Governors will hold a meeting on Nov. 6th to consider
approving the sale. Belzberg termed the approval "a formality". But there
are rumors that some owners, upset with Spectacor's ties with the Flyer
organization and the Baldwin/Belzberg ownership (for a few months) of
the Minnesota N*s (before being bought out by Norm Green), plan to vote
against approval of the sale. Baldwin denies these rumors.
Mario Lemieux is listed as doubtful for tonight's game against NJ, due
to back spasms and hip pain. With Lemieux unable to play, and Ron Francis
absent due to contract disputes, the Pens are a little thin at center.
Ken Priestlay has seen more ice time due to this, as has veterans Bryan
Trottier and Jiri Hrdina. If Lemieux is unable to play again tonight,
Bowman expects to give rookie Glen Mulvenna his first NHL start.
Bowman said he also considered shifting Recchi from right wing to center.
Recchi has junior and minor league experience at center. But he said he
really doesn't want to do that, and will go with the inexperienced Mulvenna
if need be.
Contact for the Penguins