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Old 01-04-2007, 08:06 PM   #109
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Default Lemieux: Local meeting 'very positive'

Emerging from his Downtown meeting this afternoon with state and local leaders, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said he heard "very positive" comments from Gov. Ed Rendell, county Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. But Lemieux didn't rule out moving the Penguins to Kansas City, Mo.

Lemieux said he hopes "to move forward (on a decision) in the next week or so."

"We had two great meetings today, one in Kansas City and one here tonight," he said.

Lemiuex and other Penguins officials are considering a rent-free deal to move the Penguins to the new Sprint Center arena in Kansas City. Rendell, Onorato and Ravenstahl are pitching the governor's so-called Plan B to build a replacement for the aging Mellon Arena in Uptown.
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