LIGHTNING TO TRAIN IN AUSTRIA: The Tampa Bay Lightning and another NHL team, one still in the playoffs, will train in Austria next fall and play a series of exhibition games there.
The league, in making the announcement, would not identify the other club because it is still involved in postseason play.The teams will also take part in International Challenge '98, a four-game series featuring two Austrian Elite League teams.
The Lightning will open training camp in Feldkirch, Austria, on Sept. 11. Four days later, Tampa Bay will play Samina VEU Feldkirch, the defending European Hockey League champion.
LEMIEUX FILES LAWSUIT: Mario Lemieux took the first step toward suing Penguins co-owner Roger Marino, apparently over millions of dollars remaining on the contract of the retired star.
A preliminary filing for the suit did not specify the reason, but WTAE-TV reported it was over the amount the Penguins owed Lemieux, who retired after the 1996-97 season.
Earlier this month, the team reported it will lose about $10 million this season. Lemieux retired in 1997, and attendance has dropped ever since. The Penguins sold out just seven of their 41 home games this season, one of which was the night his number was retired.
Lemieux was paid about $5 million in deferred compensation this year. He signed a seven-year, $42 million deal in 1992 that was reworked after the 1994-95 season, which he missed due to Hodgkin's disease, two back operations and other ailments.