Claude Lemieux a Shark?

An intriguing storyline will be playing itself out over the next little while involving former NHL super pest Claude Lemieux and his quest to resume his NHL career.

This 43 year- old winger who has won four Stanley Cup Championships in a 20- year career with the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars has signed with the Worcester Sharks who are the farm team of the San Jose Sharks.

“Claude called and inquired about resuming his hockey career and we have given him an opportunity to pursue it with Worcester,” said that team’s general manager Wayne Thomas. “He is here to help this team win games.”

While everyone remembers Lemieux as a super pest on the ice, there is no doubt from looking at his statistics, which include 379 career goals and 785 points, that he could in fact score during his prime.

Even though he hasn’t played an NHL game since 2002/03, Lemieux who is one of only eight players to win four Stanley Cups with three different teams (Canadiens, Devils, Avalanche) is confident after completing a 2 game stint earlier this year in Shanghai who are affiliated with the Sharks.

“I would like to thank Wayne Thomas and the Worcester Sharks for the opportunity to show I can still this game at a high level,” said Lemieux. “I look forward to meeting my new teammates and helping Worcester on the ice.”

San Jose who are expected to be among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year are looking to enter this years playoffs with an experienced Stanley Cup winner who has always shown the ability to produce in pressure packed situations. Over his career this former 1995 New Jersey Devils Conn Smythe Trophy winner has produced 80 career playoff goals, which ranks him ninth all time.

Only time will answer the debate of whether the Sharks made the right move in signing a 43 year old who has been out of professional hockey for a number of years.


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