Claude Lemieux returned to Denver last night, now 43 years old and a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Lemieux is playing on the fourth line and it doesn’t sound like he’s expecting more of a role, although I suspect Sharks coach Todd McLellan will occasionally use Lemieux in shut-down roles when he senses it’ll be a favorable match-up.
Say what you will about Lemieux and his game, his comeback has been very impressive. He announced wanting to return to hockey and everyone laughed. He signed an AHL contract and everyone guffawed. He signed a two-way NHL contract and everyone tittered. He joined the Sharks and everyone giggled. And now, it’s not funny anymore. It’s just impressive.