I recently read a write-up about potential NHL landing spots for Sean Avery if/when his suspension is lifted, and while the article certainly mentioned Avery's reputation as a locker room cancer would play into any interest other teams may have, it also used the Lemieux comeback in San Jose as evidence that teams are all looking to find that edge to put them over whatever playoff hump.
I do think there's some legitimacy to the Lemieux comeback, as Lemieux is a guy who could very well make life absolutely miserable for the Red Wings in the postseason.
A lot of these deals that are made to acquire some sort of veteran to provide an intangible for a post-season run aren't going to be knock-you-over deals. Many of us - myself included - weren't all that thrilled when Shero gave up Noah Welch for Gary Roberts. A month later, Roberts was a cult hero.
Am I comparing Roberts to weasels like Avery and - to a lesser extent - Claude Lemieux? No. But Roberts brought certain elements of toughness and some intangibles that Avery and Lemieux both bring, albeit in different ways, and those are things that become high-demand commodities for teams gearing up for the postseason.
So no, I don't believe the notion of acquiring Claude Lemieux is an outlandish one, at least for San Jose. I don't know if it would work here. I can certainly see why San Jose would like to bring him in; Detroit absolutely loves the guy. I'd like to see the Pens add some toughness and grit, but I think they can do so with different players.