San Jose Sharks sign veteran forward Claude Lemieux to two-way deal

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Claude Lemieux's comeback attempt received a boost Monday when San Jose Sharks signed the veteran forward to a two-way contract.

The 43-year-old has been playing with the Worcester Sharks since signing an American Hockey League contract on Nov. 25, and the new deal may open the door to a future call-up to the NHL.

However, Sharks GM Doug Wilson said the move doesn't necessarily mean the 43-year-old forward is returning to hockey's highest level after more than five years away from the game.

"This is simply the next step in the evaluation process with Claude," said Wilson.

Lemieux must still clear NHL waivers, which would run through to 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Should Lemieux clear waivers, Wilson said he would be assigned back to Worcester where he would be available for recall to the NHL.

In 14 AHL games, Lemieux has two goals and four assists.

Lemieux won four Stanley Cups with three different teams - the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche - over his 18 NHL seasons.

In 1995, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Devils.

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