According to the Calgary Herald, former Ranger Theo Fleury is attempting an NHL comeback this season with the Calgary Flames. Rumor has it that he was spotted at a Flames workout last week and looked fast and agile for a 41-year old former dynamic goal scorer who seems to have fallen on hard times.
Fleury was booted from the NHL in 2003 after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He chose not to complete the mandatory rehabilitation program, and thus, is still indefinitely suspended and still must complete the program. However, sources close to the situation suspect that financial struggles could be paving the way for his surprising and somewhat random comeback attempt.
Fleury was both productive and disappointing in his three seasons on Broadway, highlighted by a 30-goal, 44-assist 2000-01 season in which he played in only 62 games and registered an astounding 7 shorthanded goals.
But if Fleury does survive the cut to return to the club that he called his for his first 11 NHL seasons, then this will be a wildy intriguing story to say the least. BLS would be very excited to see the smallish scrapper complete his rehab program and get back on the ice this upcoming season.
The only downside is that Calgary does not make a trip to Madison Square Garden this season, so Ranger fans would only get to see Fleury square off with the Blueshirts Nov. 7 in Calgary.