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by George Malik on 04/01/11 at 05:34 PM ET
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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