At the age of 43, one of the NHL's all-time pests is back with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have recalled forward Claude Lemieux and reassigned forwards Brad Staubitz and Tom Cavanagh to the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League.
Lemieux ((pictured in 2002 with Phoenix, thanks Craig Jones/Getty Images/NHLI)) has played in 23 games with Worcester, posting three goals and 11 points, 24 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. He was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent in December.
Montreal Canadiens' head coach Guy Carbonneau, who was a team mate of Lemieux's in the late 1980's was surprised to see Lemieux back in the NHL.
"You see Chris Chelios, who is 46 now, but when you consider the fact that Claude stopped playing for three or four years, it shows the character he has," Carbonneau told the Canadian Press. "I'm happy for him.
"I didn't think at first that it would be possible but now we see that nothing is impossible."
The Sharks also placed defenceman Brad Lukowich on injured reserve, retroactive to January 6.
Staubitz played in 15 games with San Jose this season, posting three points and 42 penalty minutes. In 23 games with Worcester, he has one assist and 58 penalty minutes. Cavanagh spent 12 games with San Jose, adding one assist and two penalty minutes. In 21 games with Worcester, he posted 18 points and 17 penalty minutes.
But most of us remember him for this, don't we...???
Red Wings fans sure as hell do...
((HT: the youtube/FSN Detroit))