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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lemieux Out of Cup

PITTSBURGH () -- Mario Lemieux, still undecided about returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins, has ruled out playing for Canada in the World Cup.

"In no way should this be construed as a signal that I will not be playing for the Penguins this year," Lemieux said Monday. "I still need a little more time to decide."

Lemieux, 30, returned last season after sitting out the 1994-95 season to recover from chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease and to rest his back. If he stays away, he will forego a contract worth nearly $11 million.