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The 44 Most Memorable Things about the Eric Lindros Era (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of 2. Part 1 is here. I think I went over 44. Oh well.


Lindros’ game-winner with seven seconds to go against the Rangers

He had a hat trick in Game 3 and scored the game-winner in Game 4 to give the Flyers a 3-1 series lead against the Rangers in the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals.


Lindros snubs Quebec, arbiter awards him to Flyers over Rangers

For those of us under 40, it’s easy to forget what a HUGE deal this was. From Wikipedia:

Lindros’s entry to the National Hockey League proceeded in much the same manner. Lindros was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. Lindros had signaled in advance that he would never play for the Nordiques, citing distance, lack of marketing potential, and having to speak French; the team selected him anyway. Nordiques president Marcel Aubut publicly announced that they would make Lindros the centrepiece of their franchise turnaround, and refused to trade Lindros, saying that he would not have a career in the NHL as long as he held out. Because of Lindros’ popularity and hype, it is alleged that NHL President Gil Stein intervened to get the Nordiques to trade him, as it would otherwise damage the image of the league. While he awaited a trade, Lindros spent the time playing with the Oshawa Generals and also participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics, winning a Silver Medal with Team Canada.

In 1992, the Nordiques worked out trades for him with both the New York Rangers, and Philadelphia Flyers. Eventually an arbitrator, Larry Bertuzzi (granduncle of Todd Bertuzzi), ruled in favour of the Flyers, for whom Lindros played from 1992 to 2000, most of the time as the team’s captain.

Many consider this trade a key reason that the Colorado Avalanche (the new name of the Nordiques after they relocated before the 1995-96 season), went on to be an NHL powerhouse. They received in the trade the rights to eventual Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg, as well as Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, a 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals—Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994, and $15,000,000 cash. Since the trade, the Avalanche have won eight division titles and two Stanley Cup championships, due in part to the play of Forsberg, and the later addition of Patrick Roy, whom the Avalanche received in a later package deal that included Thibault.


Craig MacTavish’s head

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One day, you’re going to tell your kids that you remember when hockey players played without helmets.


Kristen Clement

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Still have no idea if this was true, but Lindros supposedly dated a 16-year-old high school basketball player. If this happened today it would break Twitter.


Garth Snow’s gigantic shoulder pads

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Ever wonder how Garth Snow became a part-time goalie on a Stanley Cup contender? Continue reading


Videos: Eric Lindros and John LeClair Flyers Hall of Fame Ceremony

Here are highlights of the 30-minute or so ceremony, of which I spent the entirety trying to suppress the lump in my throat so my wife wouldn’t see that I was on the verge of collapsing into a puddle of my own memories. I’m not a big ceremony guy, but this one… these guys… they were my team from ages 12-17.

Neither Lindros nor LeClair is a particularly good speaker, but I thought they both did a nice job. As did the Flyers. Somewhat disappointed that Carl and Bonnie Lindros didn’t show, though.

Two more videos after the jump. Continue reading


The 44 Most Memorable Things about the Eric Lindros Era (Part 1)

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With the Flyers inducting Eric Lindros and John LeClair into their Hall of Fame tonight, we thought it would be a good idea to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 44 most memorable things about the Lindros era (loosely defined as 1992-2000).

This is Part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be posted later.


The Crazy Eights

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Before The Legion of Doom, there was The Crazy Eights– Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and BRENT FEDYK(!). I literally have no idea what happened to Fedyk, and I’m not sure I want to know. I’d prefer to keep him and his gorgeous, sweet mullet a mystery.


Keith Jones saving Lindros in a bathtub

I asked Glen Macnow about this one. His words:

The shame of the Lindros Era is that fans were dragged into an unending feud between Lindros’ family and Bob Clarke. They wanted to like Lindros. They always loved Clarkie and the Flyers organization. So fans had to feel like the children of divorcing parents.

Low ebb came after Lindros sustained a concussion in a game in Nashville in 1999, and was discovered shivering in the hotel bathtub by teammate Keith Jones. Flyers management wanted Lindros on a plane back to Philly, but Jonesy took him to a Nashville hospital. Turned out to be a life-saving move by Keith, because Lindros had a collapsed lung, had lost half his internal blood and a plane flight could have been disastrous.

That, of course, led to Carl Lindros, Eric’s dads, writing a letter accusing the team of intentionally trying to kill his son. Which led to Clarkie calling Tim Panaccio an asshole on live TV, and Eric accusing the Flyers of improperly sharpening his skates, and then Clarke’s “What are we selling — wheat?” quote. Damn thing all spiraled out of control.

The rumors

Oh, the rumors. It’s hard to know where the truth ends and the fiction begins when it comes to Lindros. If you believe everything you hear, he was basically a drunken mobster who spit on chicks when he wasn’t boinking Rod Brind’Amour’s wife. How much of that is true? Who knows. But when I tweeted about this topic this morning, looking for some items I may have missed, so many more stories crept to the surface:

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I asked Sarah Baicker about that last one. Her words:

“I was told that Brind’Amour’s wife was very pregnant when all those rumors were going on. So I’m under the impression no one who was around actually believes it. [But] it’s good to know good storylines come back all the time (a la Jeff Carter-Scott Hartnell et al). Everything is a cycle. Also, I have a picture of me and Eric Lindros in 1997 and he’s wearing acid wash dad jeans. So that really bums me out.”

HEY– did you hear the one about Sarah Baicker and Eric Lindros?!


Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens and Eric Lindros had some battles, but unfortunately, if you mention the name Scott Stevens in Philadelphia, the only thing anyone remembers is the hit that ended Lindros’ Flyers career.

Side note: I’m fully convinced that Lindros coming back in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Devils that year cost the Flyers the Stanley Cup. They were rolling without him and still held a 3-2 lead in the series. Throughout his career, things always got weird when Lindros returned from injury. Teammates, who would grow accustomed to playing without 88, seemed to defer to him upon his return. Lindros didn’t play poorly in Games 6 and (a little bit of) 7, but the Flyers were a different team.

Side note 2: It was trainer John Worley that Lindros and his family blamed for misdiagnosing a concussion that season. The assistant trainer for the Wild when they take on the Flyers tonight? John Worley. Continue reading


You Can Eat a Canadian Bacon Burger or Dip Some Wings in Cheese to Honor Lindros and LeClair Tonight

Tonight, the Flyers host the Minnesota Wild and will be inducting Eric Lindros and John LeClair into the Flyers Hall of Fame. The special pre-game ceremony starts at 7PM, and during the game, the Flyers players will wear special “10/88″ patches on their jerseys. Is that it? No, because you can also shove a Canadian Bacon Burger in your mouth.

There will be two special food offerings to honor the inductees:

The “Big 88″ – monster Canadian bacon burger on a Flyers pretzel – in celebration of Eric Lindros

Left “Wing”ers – fried wings served with a Vermont cheddar dipping sauce – as a nod to John LeClair (who hails from Vermont)

Canadian bacon and pretzel because Canada + Philadelphia, and wings with Vermont cheese because he’s a wing from Vermont. Come on. I can’t wait for Giroux’s hall of fame night when they serve rump roast with no utensils, hands only.

There’s a whole lot more going on, including special Hall of Fame night apparel for sale, the post-game auction of game-worn jerseys, memorabilia displays, and more. For real though, I know I made fun of it, but that burger sounds awesome.


Ron Hextall Hollered at His Team after yet Another Terrible Loss

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The Flyers have lost their last three games and haven’t won since November 8. They played terribly – lacklustery? - in a 2-0 loss to the Rangers last night. And Ron Hextall is inching closer to swinging his proverbial goalie stick at someone’s head.

After the game, he spoke with equally frustrated reporters about the effort and his post-game, um, speech, and played a game of cat and mouse with Tim Panaccio, who wanted to know if this was the first time Hextall was a BIG MEANIE to his players:

Hextall: Yeah, it bothered me a lot. We didn’t come out hungry enough. We didn’t… we didn’t [purses lips, Lavs style] play well. We got to be a lot better than that.

Panaccio: Is that the first time this season you’ve hollered at them?

Hextall: When and where?

Panaccio: Hollered at the room.

Hextall: Hollered at who?

Panaccio: The players. When was the last time you did this?

Hextall: I haven’t done it.

Panaccio: That wasn’t you?

Hextall: I’m not gonna confirm or deny it, but I’m saying…

Panaccio: Well the players said you read them the riot act.

Hextall: I’m didn’t read them the riot act, I just said I was very disappointed. Very disappointed.

Fun times.


Good Sweet Jesus Baby Lord, Howard Eskin Scooped the Flyers Beat Writers with a Half-Accurate Report

Howard Eskin is having a good day.

Late last night, he was the first to mention the Ryan Howard family lawsuit craziness, and this afternoon, he almost stuck the landing on his Claude Giroux report. Almost.

He reported that Giroux practiced this morning and could play tonight. He was half right. Giroux didn’t practice this morning, and most of the beat writers were quick to point that out by mocking Eskin. BUT. But Eskin followed up and clarified that while G didn’t practice in the morning, he would participate in the pre-game skate and could play against the Rangers tonight:

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And sure enough, a few minutes later:

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The beats, most of whom EMPHATICALLY downplayed Eskin’s report… well, they had one job, and Howard scooped them. Their reaction was fun.



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The responses to that Tweet are worth your time.

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Carchidi then went into full ass-covering mode:

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Carchidi had previously tweeted “He is out tonight” in response to Eskin’s report about Giroux.


Dave Isaac, the youngest in body but oldest in spirit of the bunch, went with his usual anti-social media shtick, because he’s a 102-year-old man:

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Isaac had previously tweeted “hahahahahaha” in response to Eskin’s report.


Tim Panaccio, who just assumes you can attach “gate” to anything even remotely controversial:

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Panaccio had previously tweeted “he is not here, not skating today” in response to Eskin’s report about Giroux.


Frank Seravalli

Hasn’t tweeted all day.


Sarah Baicker

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Though she downplayed Eskin’s earlier report, she merely tweeted that Giroux didn’t participate in the morning skate, which he didn’t.


Randy Miller

He snapped a creeper pic of Giroux walking into Madison Square Garden and shamefully walked back his earlier report:

Flyers center Claude Giroux, ruled out of Wednesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden due to an ankle injury, might be able to play, after all.

The Flyers tweeted Wednesday afternoon that Giroux will be taking part in the pre-game skate hours after he supposedly wasn’t in town.

Oh, he’s in town.

Giroux was seen by NJ Advance Media entering the Garden at 5:40 p.m. with a walking boot on his left foot. Flyers PR official Brian Smith was with Giroux.

A sign that something was up came early Wednesday when NJ Advance Media noticed Giroux’s equipment arriving to the arenain a Flyers bag with No. 28.

Miller had previously written, after that sign that something was up, “He’s not playing Wednesday and probably won’t play Thursday” in response to Eskin’s report about Giroux.

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And then there’s me. I have some egg on my face, too (it’s delicious, in case you were wondering). That’s what I get for (for once!) believing the beats and the matter of fact way they stated Giroux wouldn’t play tonight. And believe it or not, the one thing on which Eskin is typically well-sourced is Flyers injuries. Hell, I’ve even written about it. But he’s cried wolf so many times in the last two years that it was hard to take him seriously, especially in the face of virtually every single beat writer shooting him down. And yet, he was still wrong here(!). He did, in fact, misfire. Giroux didn’t practice this morning, but he will apparently practice tonight. He may or may not play in the game. On a scale from 1 to completely accurate, Eskin was at about a six. The Flyers beats? A two. The bar wasn’t set very high.

What probably happened? Giroux wasn’t planning on skating today, but felt better as the day went on, decided to head to New York, someone in the organization with whom Eskin has a relationship tipped him off about it, the message was partially lost in translation (skated this morning-skating tonight), Eskin tweeted his unique version, trumpet beat writers couldn’t find that press release in their inbox, they mocked Eskin, Giroux showed up, Eskin was half right, egg for everyone… and Giroux probably winds up sitting out tonight anyway. Or not. Whatever. Everyone sucks.


Howard Eskin Misfires Again

The King threw some shit at a wall. It didn’t stick.

After a bag with his number appeared at Madison Square Garden this morning, there was some speculation that Claude Giroux and his mysterious injury which is probably Ebola would practice today and, perhaps, play tonight. But alas, the bag was never opened and there will be no Claude in Mudville this eve.

Howard Eskin didn’t get that memo. Well, he got a memo, it just wasn’t the memo.

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Not true, say the beats in loud, cacophonous unison!

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Howard, your thoughts?

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Like I said, memo.

Claude Giroux is not playing tonight.

UPDATE: Double down!

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Classic Howard– you can’t be wrong on good chance!

UPDATE 2: Not so fast, my friend.


UPDATE: The Core 4 Are Covering Claude Giroux’s Potential (Non-)Injury with All the Professionalism of a Drunken Monkey

Ron Hextall is expected to announce what’s wrong with Claude Giroux this afternoon. Speculation centers on lower-body injury, something that has an exactly 50-50 shot of being correct. Which part of the lower-body? Well, it depends on whom you choose to believe:

Randy Miller speculates that it could be a hip or groin injury:

Giroux missed most of the preseason with a lower-body injury that’s believed to be a groin or hip issue.

His new issue could be tied to his old one.

Could be.

And then he walked it back a little bit:

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Miller’s buddy, Dave Isaac, hears ankle:

According to multiple sources, it appears Giroux’s injury is of the “lower-body” variety. One source said that Giroux left Jefferson University Hospital Tuesday morning on crutches while another said the injury is believed to be a tweaked ankle.

Tim Panaccio is hearing plate of spicy meatballs and some fine wine! an ankle, too:

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And then there’s Sam Carchidi, who’s not a good reporter and hears NOTHING BUT LIES:

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Official sources got you down, Sam?

UPDATE: It is indeed a lower-body injury, apparently suffered at practice yesterday. Ron Hextall said Giroux will probably be out a few days. Frank Seravalli thinks the whole thing sounds strange.

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