I'm actually trying to get my head around this– Jaromir Jagr, a Flyer, is on the ice in Toronto with a former Flyer who we never thought we'd see again in the Orange and Black, Eric Lindros. – asploding - What's next? A Russian goalie cashing a paycheck from Ed Snider?!?!
Photo via the Flyers' Twitter
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Number three was originally supposed to be the uber cop out Phillies pitching. And while they absolutely deserve praise, it’s hard to pinpoint one facet other than Cliff Lee’s ridiculous June and August months, which came in at number five on our countdown.
We have a last-minute, last-day entrant: Lindros to LeClair.
Ms. CB and I were seated high above the net, in section 431. Watching Lindros streak down the side boards as LeClair entered the top of the slot, it was clear what was about to happen. We had seen it so many times before.
Nearly an entire generation – mostly people who fall between 20-35 – experienced their first taste of successful Flyers hockey with Eighty Eight wearing the C. Whatever your opinion of Lindros was, or is, it was clear from the day he was awarded to the Flyers that the direction of organization would be forever changed.
At times he was a crybaby. At times he appeared lazy. And he was always hurt. But when Lindros was at his best, few were better. That best often always came with John LeClair on his wing.
Yesterday, we got to experience the perfect pairing one final time. It was as if time stood still for the last 15 years– nothing changed… except the 45,000 watching them connect in a ballpark that wasn't even around when they wore the orange and black.
Yesterday, Lou Nolan assured us that all was right with the world: Flyers goal scored by #10 John LeClair. Assisted by #88 Eric Lindros… and #8 Mark Recchi.
The video is after the jump.
According to a source, Eric Lindros will be working with 97.5 The Fanatic in an on-air capacity leading up to the Winter Classic. No further details given, but Mike Missanelli should be making an announcement today at 3 PM (or later).
UPDATE: Lindros and John LeClair will both be on with Missanelli tomorrow to talk about how they will both be apart of upcoming radio events leading up to the Winter Classic.
Our friends from The Hockey Guys and The Hockey Writers had an exclusive interview with Eric Lindros (really, fascinating– must read). In it, he says that Paul Holmgren has indeed spoken with him about returning to play for the Flyers in the alumni game before the Winter Classic:
Q: There have been some rumors going around in Philly that you’ve been invited to play in the Winter Classic Alumni game. Is there any truth to that?
Eric Lindros: I talked with [Flyers GM] Paul Holmgren about a month or five weeks back and we chatted about it. That’d be great if I could see Mikael Renberg again, and Johnny LeClair. I haven’t seen Johnny in a couple of years. That would be a lot of fun. Also possibly we could set up something along the lines where we could do something for CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), maybe have a lunch or do something along those lines. We could bring in hockey fans and chat a little bit about what we’re up to and sign a bunch of stuff.
Q: So have you made a decision to definitely come down for that or is it still up in the air at this point?
Eric Lindros: I haven’t talked to Paul since we initially spoke a couple of times but it sounds like a great time.
We’re not totally surprised. We heard a few months ago that the Flyers were planning on inviting Eight Eight to participate, something that I believe is the right move. Perhaps now, after a decade filled with mostly failures (love you, 2008), we'll be able to look beyond Lindros' shortcomings and acknowledge how influential he was to younger hockey fans. If you remember, the Flyers had about a three or four-stretch where they weren't good. Lindros' arrival ushered in nearly two decades (still going) of consistent success, and with it, many new, younger fans.
Hey, the clusterfuck that is the Philadelphia Eagles continued today. According to Sal Paolantonauoionaotonio, the Eagles offered their defensive consultant position to former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini.
Mangini, who is now with ESPN, offered the following answer: No.
Who can blame him?
The Eagles have denied the existence of such position, but, you know, they lie about these things.
Also of note: According to Derrick Gunn, host of Gunn-on-One!, Jason Avant called a players only meeting today. Oh to be a fly on you, wall.
I'd like to mention that in almost two years of running this site, that's the first time I've used "HAHA" in a title. Congrats, Andy.