Cujo no replacement

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

CURTIS JOSEPH broke into a wry smile when the subject of replacement players was brought up yesterday. It was the type of grin a person gets when one figures a concept is doomed before it even starts.

"It hasn't seemed to work in any other sport to date," Joseph said yesterday during the Steve Thomas and Friends Corporate Cup in Markham, a charity event which raised funds for Markham Stouffville hospital.

"Fans want to see the best players play. I just don't think something like that would ever succeed in hockey."

Asked by reporters if he would ever consider being a replacement player, Joseph toyed with reporters.

"I'm looking forward to playing defence for somebody," he joked, quickly adding that he would not seriously consider such an option.

LOCKOUT LUNACY

Add Eric Lindros to the growing list of NHLers who would like to see a change in the makeup of those doing the negotiating during the five-month lockout.

"We need more hockey people in there," Lindros said, echoing the sentiments voiced by union president Trevor Linden earlier in the week."

NO, CANADA?

After suffering serious knee and eye injuries the past few years, Steve Yzerman doubts he would play for Team Canada at the upcoming world championship should an invite come his way.

"First of all, I don't expect to be asked," he said. "Besides, this was the first time I've been on skates in a long while."


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