Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/30/05 at 07:46 PM ET
Lemieux is healthy, relaxed and confident that he can play a lot longer. "At least two, maybe three," Lemieux said. "As long as I stay healthy and can still play at a top level." Crosby certainly hopes Lemieux plays that long. Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said it was evident when Crosby and Lemieux first met a summer ago while training together in Los Angeles that there was a "karma" between them, despite the age difference. Crosby doesn't turn 18 until Aug. 7. "Mario's been through this and Mark Recchi, too, to a degree, and they can mentor him and walk him through the next stage of his life," Patrick said. "The timing couldn't be better, with the new collective bargaining agreement and the new rules, for Sidney to be coming to us. It's just fantastic. It's a great time to be coming into the league." The Penguins and Crosby have yet to work out as contract but, with the new NHL labor agreement setting most of the standards for a first-year player, Patrick is hopeful a deal can be reached quickly. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I don't see problems," Patrick said.
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