Fleury's Return Comes To An End

When word spread that Theoren Fleury was attempting a comeback to the game of hockey after a six year absence most people were pretty surprised. Despite Claude Lemieux accomplishing the same feat last year with the San Jose Sharks, the odds were stacked against Fleury. Knowing that, Fleury decided to give it a shot regardless knowing full well the chance of him cracking the Flames NHL lineup was slim to none. He even stated that should he be sent to Calgary's AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, that he would report in no questions asked. That's how serious he was about wanting to return to the game he loved.

Unfortunately for Fleury, his comeback has ended as TSN is reporting that the feisty winger has been released from the team. The move itself may not be surprising but a full release is. From all reports and accounts, Fleury has had himself a very strong preseason. Enough to possibly warrant him being sent to the minors but it did not happen. This may not be all for Fleury, however, as he is expected to take the next few days to contemplate what his future plans are. He is scheduled to address the media on Monday.

Fleury released this statement after receiving word of his release.

"I am very thankful to Darryl and the Flames organization for following through on the commitment to provide me with this opportunity," Fleury said in a statement. "I said in the beginning that no matter what the outcome, this would be a success story. I intend to take the next few days to review this experience and make decisions with my family regarding next steps in my life."