No guess on Mario's return
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux, still bothered by a left hip injury, will not accompany the Pittsburgh Penguins on their five-game road trip that starts Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Lemieux has missed 13 games since being injured Nov. 1 against Boston. He has tried to practice only twice since - he hasn't take the ice since Nov. 10 - and the team has said only that he is out indefinitely.
Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said Tuesday that Lemieux has not been re-evaluated since Nov. 17, and there is no update on his condition.
The Penguins have denied Lemieux is considering retiring again after hurting a hip for the second time in three seasons. He missed much of the 2001-02 season with a right hip injury.
General manager Craig Patrick said the team is no longer projecting when Lemieux might return because previous estimates were wrong.
"We've tried that 14 times already," Patrick said.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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