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Still not much surrounding Mario

In what is likely Mario Lemieux's final season, the Penguins have little talent to complement him.

Originally Published: September 24, 2001
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

There is a certain unhappy symmetry to this final go-round for Mario Lemieux.

When he broke into the NHL in 1984-85, his Pittsburgh Penguins were the second-worst team in the NHL, gathering only 53 points and missing the playoffs. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs and their 48 points were worse.

Now, Lemieux begins what everyone assumes will be his final season, on a team destined to be just as bad with virtually no chance of making the playoffs.

It is a sorry reflection of the state of ...

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