and that Lindros line could easily be the best line on the team.
Lindros has looked better than any of those other centres so far this year, at least.
And to tell the truth, there has to be question marks on pretty much every player on that roster. I see precious few "locks" there. St.Louis has to pick it up. Thornton and Nash have to stay healthy. etc.
I also think that Mario is going to take a pass on this one, which would open the door for Bertuzzi.
1) Lindros has never NOT been invited to the olympics;
2) Lindros has had a better start to this season than any other Canadian centre;
3) Lindros is the best two-way Canadian centre.
1. Lindros has never played well at the Olympics
2. Spezza, Savard, Todd White, Eric Staal, and Crosby all hav more points to start the season.
3. Lindros is the best two-way Canadian Center? Really? When did this become fact? better than sakic? better than Thornton? Richards for that matter? I am perplexed.
So he was named captain of the 1998 team how did he do? well he paced the team with a whopping 2 goals in what's considered the biggest flop of a team in a long time.
In 2002 he was terrible and had 1 point.
Also, simply because YOU say he's better than Sakic, Lecavalier, Richards and Thorton defensively doesnt make it so.
Why dont you start a poll Zeke? that way everyone can rave about how great a defensive player Lindros is. Afterall that's how he made his mark in the NHL....defence, that's what's enabled him to win all those Cups i guess...defence.
I know ive seen Sakic play great defence on the way to winning a Cup, i know i saw Lecavalier and Richards play great defence 2 years ago on the way to the Cup.
I remember watching Lindros at the last Olympics where he was stinking out the joint offensively and the commentators mentioned that for him to be useful he better start scoring goals....because he wasnt there for his defence.
I remember that because i also remember him scoring the one goal he DID score, because he looked like he had never scored one before he was so happy.
So instead of you spouting off telling others to get informed, feel free to do so yourself.
Lindros is better than any of those centres defensively.
and yes, Lindros has played very well at the olympics.
zeke is the same guy who said McCabe/Kaberle are better than Chara/Redden... if you look at all his posts... they all have a toronto theme to them and he is condescending... he says Lindros has had a better start to the season and I.M. Fletcher calls his bluff... he then ignores it.
Look as a Leaf fan I'm glad to see Lindros having the start he's having this year, but he wont be on team Canada. Niether wil Allison or O'Neill. Team USA? Of course they would. But at centre its too much of a battle. Lemieux, Lecavalier, Thornton, Richards, Sakic are all better. Even on the wing its almost set in stone who is there other than a couple maybes. Then the 13th centre IMO should go to a young up and comer like a Spezza, Staal or Crosby. Sorry Eric, but he'll have to settle for being on the '91, '96, '98 and '02 Canada Teams. And in the '02 Olympics he wasnt very good, '98 he was okay but all three goals in those two tournaments combined came against Belarus.
The reason he isn't in the NHL is because we want him playing a ton of games and w/ Thibault in Pittsburgh it won't happen.
If he was ready to be the starter though, I imagine they wouldn't have gone and signed a starter in the off-season. That's all I'm saying. DiPietro would start for Pittsburgh right now if he were on the team
I called Lindros the "White Ghost" in 2002 because he was floating around in a really big white jersey and wasn't doing anything. His big breakout game in that tournament was against powerhouse Belarus.
And this was before he joined the Leafs, so don't hold that against me
Even with his revitalized career, he's not physical enough to play a 3rd/4th line role, not fast enough to play on the top 2 lines, and may be injury prone.
Nothing against Lindros really, just a matter of limited spots.
At least by December we'll have a better idea as opposed to this extremely limited sample of a handful of games.