Lindros to Announce Retirement
Former Philadelphia Flyer, Eric Lindros has plans to announce his retirement from professional hockey tomorrow. For Philly fans, the opinion on Lindros is basically split between those that loved him and those that hate him. A player of such hype and magnitude has that effect on people, just look at Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh, however no one can deny the fact that during his time here he was one of the best, if not the best, hockey player in the world.
In 1994 he tied for the most points in the league with Jaromir Jagr and won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP. Playing with Mikael Renberg and John LeClair on the fabled Legion of Doom line, they dominated other teams. He helped lead the Flyers to the 1996-97 Stanley Cup finals, the last time the team has been to the big dance. In 2000 New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens laid a hit on Lindros that resulted in his sixth concussion. Lindros’ relationship with the team turned ugly and a battle between Lindros and Bob Clarke resulted in Lindros ultimately leaving the team.
He was never the same player after the Stevens hit and for the last few years has played in New York, Toronto and Dallas. Regardless of his quality of play over the last few years his statistics still show him for the great player he was. 372 goals and 493 assists for 865 points over 760 NHL games. Over his 13 year career he averaged just 58 games a season, yet still managed to average over a point per game.
Eric Lindros was a great player and a great Flyer. Whatever your personal feelings towards Lindros are, the NHL will lose one of the great ones tomorrow and if you are a fan of hockey, you should mourn just a little at that fact because it will be a sad day for the sport.