Mario hopes to score second title |

Mario hopes to score second title

Steve Yingling

Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull spent some time together Wednesday night in Stateline, but the Pittsburgh Penguins’ player-owner is no closer to having a new right winger.

“We just had a couple of beers Wednesday night, but no negotiations yet,” Lemieux said.

With Lemieux shopping disgruntled high-scoring center Jarmir Jagr to other NHL teams, the unexpected availability of Dallas Stars veteran Hull couldn’t have come at a better time – while they’re both vacationing at Lake Tahoe.

Lemieux came out of retirement last season to propel the Penguins into the conference semifinals. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has no plans of going back into retirement.

“At least another year,” Lemieux said. “I feel good and as long as my back is going to be in good shape I’d love to be out there.”

Of course, his return to the ice has impacted his golf game. He tied for 39th in his own tournament in Pittsburgh and tied for 23rd in the John Elway Classic last weekend.

“That was good last week to get in some competition, and I’m hitting the ball better,” Lemieux said.

Even though he hasn’t been playing as much as in the past, Lemieux has a distinct edge over most of the 76-player field this weekend – he has won the tournament before. Lemieux, the 1998 winner, is one of seven tournament champions entered.

“It’s a great feeling to win here obviously,” Lemieux said. “This is a great tournament and I always have a lot of fun the whole week. It’s a great setting and good competition so it would be great to win it again.”

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