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McCarty and Lemieux together on Saturday? It’s gonna be awkward…for us…

As previously noted (and this got lost in my practice and game reports, today’s news excluded) Red Wings folk hero and grinder extraordinnaire Darren McCarty will be signing autographs alongside one Claude Lemieux at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens, MI between 2 and 4 PM on Saturday. McCarty told the Detroit News’s Eric Lacy that he had no problems signing autographs alongside Lemieux, though Kris Draper was obviously unwilling to talk about the issue with DetroitRedWings.com’s Michael Caples in anything other than capitalistic terms…

And McCarty’s (a birthday boy today) currently on 97.1 The Ticket with Terry Foster, discussing the fact that he’s happy to sign autographs on a picture of him beating the snot out of Lemieux, who apparently proposed the venture to McCarty’s management, and he says that he neither holds a personal grudge against Lemieux the person, nor does he want Wings fans to be rude to Lemieux on Saturday, but he has already told Terry Foster that there’s no way in hell that he’ll ever respect Lemieux as a hockey player, and that if Lemieux were to ask him to get a beer or have a meal after the event, McCarty would turn him down immediately as he doesn’t want to spend a second with Lemieux outside the two hours when the pair are signing autographs.

Foster asks Wings fans what you might do if you do attend the signing (I’d encourage you to be polite, even though Lemieux remains a scumbag and jerk of the first order, because even jerks are owed a “please” and “thank you” instead of a taunt when they do something for you):

How will fans approach this? Do you just walk up to the guy and ask for an autograph, smile and take a photo with him? It is not only an uncomfortable setting for McCarty but it is strange for fans.

The photo of McCarty and Lemieux fighting will be the most signed item there. I know it is a historical photo and it is an item sports memorabilia people will want.
But I saw Draper’s face that night. I talked to Lemieux. And I want nothing to do with it.

Ditto. It’d be too weird for me, but McCarty himself says that he’s not just doing it for the money—as it turns out, he wants to have a Lemieux-signed photo from the Brawl in Hockeytown for his personal collection and his son, Griffin.

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Chet's avatar

honestly, what an awesome collector’s item for any wings fan. if lemieux is willing to stoop so low as to sign many, many photos of his humiliation for a few bucks, we should all welcome it and give a knowing nod to mccarty, as well as an extra $20. his missteps and faults aside, he embodies that era of the wings and always will for me.

also, since i live in CA, i have no chance of attending this event, but would gladly pay someone a premium for their troubles if they can get and ship me at least an 8.5x11 pic of the fight signed by both. it’d be framed and on my wall post-haste.

(the only other serious wings memorabilia i own are an ‘83 OPC yzerman, a signed datsyuk puck, and a #19 CCM jersey from ‘98 with the VK/SM patch on the right chest. this seems like a great addition; i envy anyone who gets one.)

if anyone is serious about helping out, thanks in advance, and…




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Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/01/11 at 07:21 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

April Fool’s?

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/01/11 at 08:05 PM ET

Chet's avatar

my post sure was. assumed i was selling it a bit too much there tho. all in fun…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/01/11 at 08:59 PM ET


my post sure was

Of course it was.

Posted by Garth on 04/01/11 at 11:39 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Lemieux is apparently the one who broached the subject, so there you go…

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/01/11 at 11:58 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Oh, and no, I don’t do April Fools’ jokes. Preds fans were trying to pull one over the eyes of Wings fans saying that Johan Franzen was going to take part in a “Mule Parade.”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/01/11 at 11:59 PM ET

Sal's avatar

Well, this is Mule Day weekend.  That’s a very big event in these parts.  Columbia isn’t all that far from Nashville.

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 04/02/11 at 01:07 AM ET

Surfer Ken's avatar

my Aunt stood in line for me for 4 hours to get D Mac’s autograph.  She said Claude was very nice but Darren was a hung over ahole.

Posted by Surfer Ken from San Clemente on 04/02/11 at 09:43 PM ET


Claude was awesome - and I LOVE the Wings. He was gracious, shook hands, and smiled. McCarty acted like Charlie Sheen. It was weird.

Posted by Leslie from Detroit on 04/02/11 at 10:00 PM ET

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