Lemieux is such a great player to make a Stanley cup run. He has proven to be clutch and really disturbing for the opposition. Those kind of players are money for a team a for rivalries. Unfortunately there isn't any Lemieux-like player at the moment in the NHL. Dirty plays aside he was a great player to love/hate.
I'd rather see Claude Lemieux in the HOF than Mike Gartner...but that's another story.