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He's no longer Mario Jr.

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux hasn't laced up a pair of skates or stared down a goaltender on a breakaway in nearly two years. No matter, he thinks the best player in hockey still resides in Pittsburgh. Lemieux doesn't attend Penguins' games in person -- he's embroiled in a dispute with the bankrupt franchise's owner. But he watches enough on TV to give Jaromir Jagr this endorsement: "He's the best player in the world -- by far."