No guess on Mario's return

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux, still bothered by a left hip
injury, will not accompany the Pittsburgh Penguins on their
five-game road trip that starts Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Lemieux has missed 13 games since being injured Nov. 1 against
Boston. He has tried to practice only twice since - he hasn't take
the ice since Nov. 10 - and the team has said only that he is out

Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said Tuesday that Lemieux has not
been re-evaluated since Nov. 17, and there is no update on his

The Penguins have denied Lemieux is considering retiring again
after hurting a hip for the second time in three seasons. He missed
much of the 2001-02 season with a right hip injury.

General manager Craig Patrick said the team is no longer
projecting when Lemieux might return because previous estimates
were wrong.

"We've tried that 14 times already," Patrick said.