Okay, question for you guys to mull over: What would you think of Lowe signing Eric Lindros to an incentive heavy deal?
Now, the reason I ask is that he clearly likes Lindros, going back to the near deal of two years ago. Also, Eric's career has reached a point where he can't quite call the shots like he once did. What would the reaction of this board be to a deal along the lines of 1.5-2 mil in base salary and incentives that could take it up to 4-5 mil if he has a 40 goal, 80 point type season.
Just a random thought, based on pure speculation...
I'd love it - Eric would fit in perfect here I think - we could possibly turn his career around - like actually he was playing pretty damn good last year in NY until he got hurt.... they even said he was really becoming a true leader - and that he had become the leader in the dressing room, and not Messier - and that's saying something big!
Eric & his father already turned down Lowe's offer once (I remember Eric's father saying something along the lines of it would never happen due to Edmonton's situation) Plus Im not sure Eric would be the right guy for this team (personality & character-wise, not skill-wise). Plus I think Lindros is one really good hit away from permanent neurological damage.
Just like the Allison idea...too injury prone. Lindros is a big risk and I don't think it would be wise for a small market team like the Oilers to take that risk on him. But if the new CBA is favorable and Lindros was willing to play for a good price then maybe. Then if he gets hurt again, just cut him loose.
I suspect the Oilers could simultaneously sign Lindros and take out a big insurance policy on season/career-ending injury, but can you take out insurance for the corrosive effect of Lindros' parents? Or his inability to lead a team to the top, despite his prodigious talents?