An arbitrator has ordered the New York Rangers to pay Eric Lindros $1.2 million US, Sportsnet has learned, settling a dispute surrounding Lindros' games-played bonus from his final year in New York.
The Rangers felt they did not have to pay Lindros the money because the burly centre suffered a concussion. However, the Big E said he had fully recovered from the concussion and was out due to a shoulder injury
This situation concerned a clause in the Lindros contract.The Rangers could not get insurance on Lindros when they traded for him in 2001.So both sides decided Lindros would get a base salary and games played bonuses(up to $6 million)by being available for at least 75 games.He got $80,000 per game.As long as Lindros didn't suffer a concussion and miss more than 30 games,he would get the games played bonuses.He suffered the concussion on the Jason Doig hit and never played another game that season-2003-04.Lindros later suffered a shoulder injury shooting pucks in practice while he was attempting to return to play.The issue was which injury ended his season.If it was the concussion,the Rangers owed Lindros nothing and if it was the shoulder,they owed him the bonus money.The Rangers were planning to trade in the March 2004 purge before Lindros hurt the shoulder.He was close to returning to action
I'm with most on here, give him the money, and lets just move on. It isnt a large sum in the grand scheme of things, so if he is in fact owed the money(which I think he is) then pay the man. Especially if it doenst count towards the cap, who cares.
I never had a problem with Lindros when he was here, it was just too bad that he always had to play a restrained game due to the threat of a concussion. I think he had surgery on the shoulder so it wasn't just a ploy to get the 1.2 mill. Give him the money, end of story.