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AGENT DENIES REPORT THAT LEMIEUX PLANNING TO UN-RETIRE
Published May 27, 1998
Mario Lemieux's agent Tom Reich, responding to a column Tuesday by Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, said that Lemieux "won't be resuming his playing career anytime soon, if ever," according to Dave Molinari of the PITTSBURGH POST- GAZETTE. Reich: "I'll never say never ... but he isn't going to be playing any hockey" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/27). In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont writes that Penguins co-Owner Roger Marino called the story "baloney," but would not comment on any specifics of Lemieux's contract. Marino also declined comment on the legal action that Lemieux has taken in the last two weeks "aimed at getting the money he says Marino owes him" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/27). On Tuesday, Strachan cited sources who said the Penguins "owe Lemieux $35[M] U.S. -- money which he earned during his career but which he agreed to take on a deferred basis." Another source said that Lemieux's deals "were personal-service deals" with Penguins co-Owner Howard Baldwin, who was running the team at the time, and added that "there was always a lot of secrecy about them" (TORONTO SUN, 5/26).