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Minnesota owners to move team or sell it

Minnesota North Stars owners George and Gordon Gund said Wednesday they plan to move the franchise to the San Francisco area unless they can sell it to local interests. "Based upon the circumstances that exist here now, it's unworkable," Gordon Gund said after the team's demand for $15-million in improvements to Met Center was rejected earlier in the day. "We intend to move our team unless there is a buyer."

Gund said they want at least $50-million _ the same price tag the NHL has placed on its expansion franchises. But the last two teams to be sold, the Hartford Whalers and the Quebec Nordiques, went for much less. The Whalers were sold for $31-million in 1988, while the Nordiques went for about $15-million last year.

If the North Stars move, the Gunds said they would lobby the NHL for an expansion franchise to be located at the Met Center in Bloomington next season.

Poddubny has knee injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ Left wing Walt Poddubny will be lost indefinitely to the New Jersey Devils because of torn ligaments in his right knee.