The key question is truly, can all 6 ft 4 240 pound Eric Lindros still be the deciding factor in sixty-minutes like he was from 92 to 99. Lindros collected a considerable amount of attention, rightfully so. In the 95/96 season he collected 115 points (47G, 68A), the year previous he won the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Person Award and was on the rise to becoming one of the best players to ever play in the National Hockey League.
Drafted in 1991 by the Quebec Nordiques 1st overall, after a stellar Ontario Hockey League where he amassed 216 points in just 95 regular season games. In his draft year he collected 149 points (71G, 78A) in 57 games and went on to win the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year award in his draft year, which led to Quebec taking him first overall ahead of Scott Neidermayer, Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Alexi Kovalev and Martin Rucinsky. In 1992, Philadelphia Flyers traded Ron Hextall, Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals - Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 and cash to the Quebec Nordiques for Eric Lindros.
With his imposing physical stength, and play making ability, he established himself as the face of the franchise in Philadelphia from 92 to 99. In between, Lindros had a serious of concussion problems, where he would be forced to miss a majority of games due to his on going problems. The first in 1998 from a hit delivered by Pittsburgh's Darius Kasparaitis that sidelined him for 18 games. Lindros' relationship with Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke soon deteriorated. Clark and Lindros feuded through the media, causing speculation that he would soon be traded. Which he was in 2001, to the New York Rangers for Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and a 3rd round selection (Stefan Ruzicka) in 2003. He played for the Rangers for three seasons, he seemed to regain some of his play making ability. In his first year with the Rangers, he collected 73 points (37G, 36A) in 72 games, and speculation that post concussion symptoms has subsided had arisen.
In 2004, Lindros suffered his 8th concussion during a game in Washington. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known, but turned out to end his season after just 34 games. An un-ristricted free agent in 2005, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a gamble in signing Lindros, which unfortunately never paid dived ends. Lindros only played a total of 33 games for the Leafs. In December, he suffered a wrist injury, which eventually led to him missing the remainder of the season.
In 2006, he signed with the Dallas Stars after a dismal season with the Leafs. Lindros played in 49 games with Dallas scoring only 5 times, and adding 29 assists for 26 points. Adding to a magnitude of problems, he suffered a groin injury which caused him to miss the last 16 games of the regular season and Games 1 through 4 against Vancouver.
Lindros, who is currently a UFA has been rumored to have a few teams interested in his services. Reported by Eklund, Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose are believed to be the front runners in getting his services. Although, Lindros has publically stated his more concerned with working with the NHLPA and is believed to be looking at working in the NHLPA and giving up his playing career.
If you we're an NHL General Manager, would you be interested in signing Eric Lindros? Why or why not?
( Note: Statistics taken from TSN.ca, and information taken from wikipedia.org)