Lemieux, Burkle refute report — ‘There is no disagreement between us’


It’s yet another day for damage control in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins are refuting a report in the New York Post that co-owner Mario Lemieux was “miffed” at his fellow co-owner, billionaire Ron Burkle, for “messing up the sale of” the franchise.

“There is no disagreement between us, and we remain completely aligned in both approach and philosophy,” the co-owners said in a statement released to the Tribune-Review. “We continue to explore all of our strategic options, including a possible sale.

“There is not, and has never been, an established price for the team, and we are still in conversations with potential buyers,”

The Post, citing three sources, reported that Lemieux “wanted to accept” a recent bid for the Penguins, but that Burkle “turned it aside” in the belief that the franchise was worth more.

More Penguins damage control:

‘It’s absolutely not true’ — Lemieux denies report of ‘big falling out’ with Crosby 

Penguins insist they’re not mad at each other