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C Eric Lindros

865 points in 760 GP
57 points in 53 Playoff GP

x1 Hart Trophy winner
x1 Ted Lindsay Trophy winner
x1 1st NHL AST
x1 2nd NHL AST
x6 NHL ASG appearances

x3 Top 10 Goals placements - 7th in '99, 9th in '96 and '02
x2 Top 10 Assists placements - 9th in '96, 6th in '99
x2 Top 10 Points placements - 6th in '96, 7th in '99

Hart Trophy Votes: 1st in '95, 3rd in '96, 6th in '99, 9th in '97 9th in '93,
All-Star Team Votes: 1st in '95, 2nd in '96, 3rd in '99, 4th in '97, T7th in '94, T9th in '98,

Lindros placements in '95 came with a tie for the lead in the scoring race during the lockout shortened year. This is from the voting thread about the placements from this on year:
Due to conference-only play the 94-95 voting was conducted in two stages. An east/west vote gave 3 finalists, (6 for all-star defense) from each conference, which were then voted on by a committee of 15 PHWA members.
Originally Posted by LoH
But he set a Flyers record in his first season with 41 goals and improved his offensive totals over the next two seasons while maintaining a combative edge to his play. In 1994-95, the lockout-shortened season, Lindros tied with Jaromir Jagr for the scoring lead, and though he lost the Art Ross Trophy because he scored fewer goals, he won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player and captured the Lester B. Pearson Award.

The Flyers began to round into form with Lindros as its captain in 1995-96. His line with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg came to be known as "the Legion of Doom" and beat up opposing defense to help Lindros score 115 points. Lindros added to his impressive international resume at the 1996 World Cup, though Team Canada fell short of expected victory. The next season in the NHL, he returned from a nagging knee injury as Philadelphia marched all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, leading all playoff scorers with 26 points en route to a heartbreaking loss to Detroit.

Lindros's ascension to the top ranks of the game became complete when he was made Team Canada's captain for the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Injuries continued to haunt him near the turn of the century, taking different forms as his aggressive ways took a toll on his huge body. His younger brother, Brett, was forced out of the league after receiving one too many concussions in 1996 and Eric missed the 1999 playoffs with a collapsed lung that forced him to watch the Flyers from the sidelines as they lost their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lindros's 1999-00 season was a shambles. He suffered four concussions, the last the result of a devastating hit from New Jersey's Scott Stevens in the Stanley Cup semifinals, that left his career in doubt. In the fall of 2000, Lindros demanded a trade to Toronto, but after a year in which Clarke refused to accommodate him, Lindros was sent to New York to resume his career with the Rangers. Upon his arrival in the Big Apple, Lindros has had seasons of 73 and 53 points while representing his country for the third time at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, adding a gold medal to his previous silver that he won in 1992 in Albertville.

Injuries continued to plague Lindros in 2003-04, limiting the burly winger to a mere 39 games, before he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2005.As a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs Lindros' season got off to a steady start as the centreman recorded 22 points in his first 32 games. However, his season was cut short due to multiple injuries to his wrist. Lindros would only suit up for a mere 33 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs before signing with the Dallas Stars in the summer of 2006.

After seeing action in 49 games and recording a career low five goals in his first season as a Dallas Star, Lindros would announce his official retirement from the game in November of 2007. Lindros finished his career with 372 goals and 493 assists for 865 points, in 760 NHL games.
Originally Posted by NY Times - May 30, 1997
Although Lindros modeled his style after Messier's, he is 12 years younger. At 6-foot-4 and 236 pounds, Lindros is 3 inches taller and 31 pounds heavier than Messier. And more than any player, Lindros hits opponents with the force and aggression of a football player while moving the puck with the delicacy of a golf pro.

''No one can play with his size, which he combines with great skill,'' Messier said. ''It separates him from anybody who played this game.''
Originally Posted by NY Daily News - MAy 16, 1997
Who is meaner? Eric Lindros or Mark Messier? Who would knock his own grandmother in the noggin with a high stick if she told him to take his dirty mitts off the shiny silver hockey trophy?

OK, both of them would. But which end of the stick would they use?

"He's a mean guy," Colin Campbell said yesterday about Lindros. "He's one of the meanest in the league the way he wields his stick. You could almost call a penalty on Lindros every shift, the way he plays."

How mean is he?

Lindros broke Shane Churla's nose back on April 7, the last time he faced the Rangers. That same game, the nasty young Flyer also withdrew an ample sample of Ulf Samuelsson's blood supply.

Lindros is so mean, he called Samuelsson "Susan Lucci" after that game for his acting job as a heavy bleeder. He didn't even have the respect or sense of ethnic history to call Samuelsson "Liv Ullman."

For now, Messier is saying only nice things about Lindros, with whom he will be compared again and again over the next two weeks.

"He's got so many facets to his game," Messier said. "You combine his size with his speed and his overall game. He's picked it up the last four or five games, playing complete hockey.

"The (toughness) is just one part of him."

That is what makes the matchup so compelling. Even though they can be such mean guys, Messier and Lindros also possess the sport's most sophisticated technical skills. They can skate, stick-handle, create space. They demand attention with their presence and ability to penetrate.

They are not so much enforcers as they are the law. Lindros is a dozen years younger than Messier, 36. He is three inches taller, 20 pounds heavier. But they are carved from the same, hard oak.
Originally Posted by NY Times - October 21, 1999
Eric Lindros put an exclamation point on the victory with a viscious open-ice hit on Petr Nedved...Todd Harvey, who concedes about five inches and what seems like 60 pounds to the hulking Lindros, jumped in to defend Nedved in a fight he could not possibly win. Harvey...left the ice with a gash over his left eye.

Lindros's legendary mean streak was in full force in the first period. He flattened Tim Taylor with about seven and a half minutes left in the first. One of the main reasons the Rangers signed Taylor in the off season was the success he has had in taking Lindros off his game.

So when Lindros saw Taylor skating toward him on the left halfboards in the Rangers' zone, Lindros may have felt a score needed to be settled. Taylor intended to check Lindros into the boards. Instead, he was forced to eat a big left elbow. The crowd went wild. And the hit lit a fire under the Flyers.

Originally Posted by Spokane Review - May 30, 1995
Having Eric Lindros is like owning the biggest bomb in the arsenal. It does not have to be detonated to be effective. The threat is enough.

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