Is it time for Mario the Magnificent to hang up the skates?
Lemieux has been ordered to put his skates away for 10-14 days and rest after another flare up with his irregular heartbeat after Friday’s game vs Buffalo. There comes a time when you have to put health first. Why would Mario want to stay anyway? Age has stolen his speed and his game is just not what it used to be. He also plays on a weak team that up until last week, was certain to miss the playoffs and most likely still will. The fact that Pittsburgh is going to move if they don’t get money for a new arena adds to the situation. There seems no intelligent reason to risk his health to keep playing. I expect Mario will possibly give his medication one more chance but more likely will retire before coming back and surely before this season is over.
In similar story, Larry Robinson surprised everyone today be resigning as coach of the New Jersey Devils. Apparently the stress of being an NHL coach was too much for him to cope with and was causing him to lose his mental and physical health. The Devils are having a subpar season and are currently out of the playoff race for the first time in many years.