Mario done for the season

Over 3 months of of media silence ended today as the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that Mario Lemieux’s would undergo season ending surgery on his left hip next week.
Mario plans, at this point, to play again next season, pointing to his quick recovery after a similar surgery on his right hip following the 2001-02 season. Many may remember that Mario played 67 games the following season posting 91 points.

As far as the Penguins are concerend this is one more blow to an already forgettable season.

24 Responses to Mario done for the season

  1. trailerparkboys says:

    Mario never planed on playing this year at all.

    I personly think that he did for season tickets .

    altough who would want to play for the pens anyway?

    I say he plays in the world cup in september then retires!!!!!!

  2. TC_4 says:

    I think this is good news for Team Canada in the upcomming World Cup. He’ll be there, at 100%, look out!!!

  3. Lint07 says:

    He had no motivation in coming back this year anyway. I mean who would? I can’t blame him.

    I agree with TC, he’ll be there 100% for a run with Team Canada and this is great news.

  4. Bishop7979 says:

    I’m actually happy to see this announcement. We knew it was coming, it was just like the 2001 season, and now that he’s made it offical the penguins can collect the insurance on his contract and, if they were smart, use it to sign/trade for an asset that will actually take the ice for them this season.

    already the penguins have lost rozival (1.1 million) and Abid (900k) for the season, take that and add in mario (5.25 mil) the team gets 80% of 7 million (give or take) to either absorb or use to better the team. after watching the last game i think any move outside of bringing back six pack fogarty would be an improvment.

  5. Flyers_01 says:

    Why would the penguins better the team for this year? The penguins don’t care about this year, Pittsburgh city doesn’t care about this year. This year is all about getting the #1 overall pick next year again.

    Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mario’s playing this year was just a scam to get more money with no intention of really playing the majority of the season. He get’s his money, it doesn’t cost the penguins, put’s the team in a sympathetic position and get’s them ready for another #1 pick.

  6. TC_4 says:

    That’s a very interesting point! Never thought about that.

  7. mikster says:

    One word comment:


  8. Habfanforever says:

    You really think he’s done? He’s still a + point per game guy.

  9. Habfanforever says:

    I really feel for the die hard Penguin fans yet the team still played some decent hockey on some nights. As far as the season goes you may as well just flush it down the toilet and take a serious option on Ovechkin then Crosby in 2 years. The Pens have talent in their farm and should also consider playing them.

  10. guinsfan4life says:

    So since you have such ground breaking information that Mario didn’t plan on playing this year, which insinuates that he is faking his injury, what are your sources that he is faking and never planned on playing?? If you are going to make such an inflammatory and ignorant comment you should have some evidence to support your opinion, what is it?

    Even if he decided to do it for season tickets, he made a very poor choice. Attendance with him in the lineup is practically the same as it is when he is in the lineup. He realizes this, so for him to come back other than sheer desire to play the game is proposterous.

    If he plays in the september world cup and retires it will be the worst public relations nightmare he could ever, ever put the franchise in–if he hopes to get funding for a new arena.

  11. guinsfan4life says:

    It is very difficult to watch this team on a consistent basis and not want to throw a brick through the television. I am glad though that the news came yesterday that he is going to have the surgery. We knew it was coming.

    I am not even thinking about Crosby or Ovechkin, although I would rather have the latter. I am more thinking about how this city, that is bankrupt and unable to afford anything, is going to be able to support a new arena. IT has already been said that no taxpayer money will come for a new arena, so they are relying entirely on the money from the slot machine bill that has yet to be voted on. My wife and I were talking the other day about playing the lottery (the powerball jackpot recently hit 250mil) and what we’d do with the money. So I asked her if she’d let me loan the penguins the rest of the money they need to build a new building then I’d want to become a managing general partner/or part owner. Hey we can all dream, eh?

    The way I figure it, the penguins days in pgh are numbered. I just can’t see any way around it. It is really sad, too.

  12. Aetherial says:

    Yes it is sad, and yes their days are numbered.

    They will be moved. I still think Winnipeg may get a team again, especially with the Canadian dollar being drastically improved in the past 2 years.

  13. FlyinBrian says:

    To be fair to Mario and other sensitive Pens fans, I don’t think it is right to say that his intentions were anything but honourable, yet pragmatic.

    I believe Mario had full intentions of playing this year and even coming back from injury if possible, but only if it benefits the team and makes sense. Him NOT having this surgery will hurt both the team and him.


    – The Pens suck and have been out of the playoffs since the beginning.

    – Mario is old and fragile and serious injuries will be hard to recover from.

    – The Pens continue to gut whatever team they still have and try to save enough money to survive.

    Given this, why would Mario work hard in rehab to come back to a team that is resigned to losing and that won’t be drawing much more fans with or without him? [People watch winners, Mario or not.] If the team had remained in contention at all he probably would’ve worked through the pain and played, but they haven’t.

    Doesn’t it make more sense for him to take the time to properly repair and recover from his injury rather than hurry back to a bottom-feeding team? It’s not a Mario-led conspiracy, it’s common sense.

  14. guinsfan4life says:

    The only way that winnipeg may get a team is if the new CBA is redone completely, since Winnipeg already lost a team due to economics.

  15. guinsfan4life says:

    I think your post had many valid points. But I don’t think he’d be able to play no matter what, and I don’t think he would have come back to play even if the pens were in contention. Reports had it that he had a hard time getting in and out of his car and doing normal day to day type activities.

    The fans in pgh were alienated by Mario, or so they believe, when he decided to play for canada in the world cup a few years back. Since then, the city has had it out for him, which I believe is why attendance has dropped regardless of him playing or not.

    I don’t believe that there will be a hockey season anyway next year. It is going to take a full year of inactivity to work out a new CBA so that the league can have a competitive balance.

  16. The_Conductor says:

    But thats when he plays. And when he plays is key!

  17. Bishop7979 says:

    when winnipeg is pulling 2000 less fans for an ahl team than the pens minor league team does in wilkes barren i find hit hard to believe that they can support an nhl team

  18. Bishop7979 says:

    remember that the plan for the new arena never included using state tax money. The public offical that came out and randomly stated that the city wouldnt be using tax money for the new arena wasnt saying anything new.

    that being said the plan did call for the use of RAD money with is, by law, only allowed to be used for improvments on sports facilities and other enterainment venues.

    that money added to the 125 million that has been promised the penguins from the slot machines means that the team would only need to come up with a small share of the building funds, something that can be covered by naming rights.

    if the slot machine bill goes through the team stays. if it doesnt they dont.

    but they wont be in winnipeg thats for sure. winnipeg has already lost one team, the areana theyve built is 1000 seats smaller than the mellon areana. and for being such a hard core hockey town the AHL team that is playing in winnipeg pulls on average 2000 less fans than the penguins ahl affiliate in wilks barren/scranton.

  19. IceColdSoda says:

    Their days aren’t numbered. Not even close. First off, that slot machine bill will definitely pass. With everyone going to all the surrounding states to play the slots, it’s inevitable that we will get them. There’s a lot of money being lost there. The only problem with the bill right now is the discussion of Indian rights to build their own gambling places.

    They really aren’t in that bad of shape. With all the prospects, plus the very good chance of landing Ovechkin and maybe even Crosby in the draft, they will be good. I like to think of the Pens as an expansion team. Right now, they’re mostly new and inexperienced, but sooner or later they’re going to be great once again, and we can all be happy.

    Their financial woes aren’t that bad if you put it in perspective. The Pens are on just about equal footing with the Capitals record-wise. Yet, the Capitals are filled with overpriced, underachieving talent while the Pens have the best potential of any team in the NHL. On top of that, the Pens are slated to lose around 5 million dollars, while the Capitals will lose around 30 million. I think we should all be talking about the Capitals instead of the Pens.

  20. Bishop7979 says:

    exactly. ive been saying the same thing for months right down to the expansion team line. glad to see someone who doesnt see things as all bad

  21. guinsfan4life says:

    I realize that Onorato came out and stated the obvious, but the money that goes to the RAD fund comes from the increase of sales tax that was put on consumers, so essentially it they are getting public funding cause when we buy stuff, they are getting a portion of that. That money in the RAD fund doesn’t come out of the sky or just appear, it has to be put there.

    I know they won’t go to winnipeg.

  22. guinsfan4life says:

    They have like a 42% chance of landing the number one pick to get Ovechkin. No team that has ever finished last in the standings has ever gotten the number one pick and used it on a player. I wouldn’t call that a very good chance, it is less than half.

    I do agree that the penguins problems financially are alot more publicized, when in fact the capitals should be, eh? I suppose until it is on fire, we never give it any water.

  23. guinsfan4life says:


    How is the District funded?

    Act 77 provides for the enactment of a 1% county sales tax collected by the State Department of Revenue under the same rules as the state sales tax. The County Commissioners levied the tax and created the District in March of 1994. Every municipal government in Allegheny County voted to participate in the benefits of the new tax. The District itself does not have taxing power and the County government cannot increase the tax under existing law.

  24. aafiv says:

    He plans to play again next season? There isn’t going to be one.

    Didn’t this guy retire seven years ago because of this health?

    Do yourself, your family, and the rest of us a favor pal.

    Pack it in.

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