NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with prospective and
current owners of the Penguins yesterday in N.Y. The
meetings will continue today. Bettman met with team co-
Owners Roger Marino and Howard Baldwin, Mario Lemieux and a
potential new investor Harvey Gainey, who owns MI-based
Gainey Transportation Services and lives in Grand Rapids
(POST-GAZETTE, 3/12)....In Montreal, Jack Todd writes, "It
is all but inevitable now: the Expos will be sold and moved.
This will be their final season in Montreal." Todd adds
that Expos President & General Partner Claude Brochu "has
taken the final steps" to end baseball in Montreal "by being
his intractable, niggling, difficult, suspicious,
mendacious, evasive self" (GAZETTE, 3/12)....Red Sox CEO
John Harrington, on a possible Expos move to the AL and a
relocation to the DC/VA area: "It's definitely a problem
putting another AL team in the Washington area. ... The
preferable thing may be to have Montreal move to Charlotte,
... and not impair Baltimore" (USA TODAY, 3/12)....The ECHL
Charlotte Checkers will wear tie-dyed uniforms on "Retro
Jersey Night" for Saturday's game against the Pee Dee Pride.
The jerseys will also have peace symbols and happy faces on
the shoulders (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/7).