Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Claude Lemieux Pondering a Return?

One of my favorite hockey bloggers, Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo's Puck Daddy Blog, commented on the rumors of a comeback return by infamous former Avalanche hit man and one-time Dallas Star, Claude Lemieux.
The Two-Line Pass sent over this headline last night from French language sports news outlet RDS: "Claude Lemieux tente un retour." And while we're not exactly Babel Fish over here, I believe the loose translation is, "Claude Lemieux is coming back to the NHL to own all your asses and win another Conn Smythe."

While I don't necessarily agree that this is a smart move by Claude, it does raise some interesting questions. Namely - where would he return? Who wants a 43-year old enforcer in today's NHL? Wyshynski said: "What about a line of Steve Ott-Sean Avery-Claude Lemieux on the Dallas Stars?". While a line of Ott, Avery and an in-his-prime Claude Lemieux is a very juicy thought, I don't know that this guy has what it takes any more. Besides, his last stint in Dallas only lasted for a few months. After coming over to the Stars as part of the Jamie Langenbrunner/Joe Nieuwendyk/Jason Arnott swap with the New Jersey Devils, he played in 32 regular-season games for the Stars and only tallied 6 points (2 G, 4 A) and 14 penalty minutes. In the 7 playoff games he was in, he could only muster 1 point (an assist), though he did have 10 PIMs. I barely noticed he was HERE. Can he do much more than this today? Hmmm...prolly not. But, good luck Claude! Just not on our team. What do you think?

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