After a 7 year hiatus stemming from substance abuse problems, Theo Fleury has been cleared to play. Both the League and Player’s Association have given Fleury their blessing to attempt a comeback.
Fleury, who turned 41 this year, has been practicing in Calgary and has been in touch with several teams concerning a possible tryout. Likely following the playbook laid out by fellow spring chicken Claude Lemieux, Fleury hopes to prove his worth in a minor league affiliate before making a jump to the bigs. While news friendly, the odds are severely stacked against Fleury. A relatively small player even in his prime, one can’t expect he’d be useful in a checking line and with his dubious history in Chicago and New York a leadership/mentoring role is a stretch.
That being said it’s impossible NOT to root for the guy. He’s been told ‘no’ his entire career and had to fight like a pitbull for every inch of ice. If he’s clean and able to keep up, more power to him.
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