If you can get Lindros healthy for 80% of the year it would be a steal. heck last year he was doing quite well. IMO, it could turn out to be a modern legion of doom line part 2. Also, it really gives us a solid #2 line by allowing Langkow as the #2 center.
Simon - Lindros - Iginla (that line could intimidate)
Rhino - Langkow - Kobasew (could be a very solid #2 scoring threat)
Nilson - Lombardi - Donovan (speed, speed, speed)
Wiemer (Nemo) - Yelle - Clark (forechecking line from hell)
I think that is a pretty solid set of 4 lines. Wow, looking it up now..I never knew that Lindros was that good at faceoffs.
Lindros, the locker room cancer, would last maybe 5 minutes with Sutter. No way in hell is he coming to Calgary, Edmonton can have him! He's much more their style anyhow...
Like most players, I am unsure what to truly believe with the media. If 1/2 of it is crap and Sutter has more incite this could potentially be a huge signing for the Flames. IMO, Lindros will either make or break a team. It could either be a huge dissapointment or one stellar signing.
i dont think lindros works in calgary
you want a #1 centre, not an injury prone guy
lindros is better of as a #2 centre, free from opposing checking lines with less pressure to perform every game as a nuclei guy
I do agree that Lindros should play in a #2 situation, however that could be worked out with Calgary. If they have Langkow with Iginla on the top line, and Lindros with whoever on the 2nd line that may work well for him. Iginla will still get most of the checking assignments.
Also, you could always try Lindros out as a winger. That may make it a little easier for him physically (ie, less concussion risks).
I think this can be a good situation for Lindros, he doesn't have to be THE guy like he was supposed to be for the Rangers and Flyers. The expectations for Lindros wouldn't be that high either, I think this can work.
I can't believe there are Flames fans that want Lindros. He plays a perimeter game, doesn't go into the corners, he doesn't fit the Flames system at all.
He can still provide offence though, which is something Calgary should really look into IMO. Not saying Lindros is necessarily the answer (although very good potential back for your buck), but I think they need another offensive threat up front besides Iginla
He's a bearer of bad luck, and since we'll be playing them 8 times this season, I can't think of a better place for him.
lol, when i said Lindros should go to edmonton i was just saying for his best interests, i think edmonton would be a great place to play for him. I don't blame you for not wanting him, to much negative carma associated with him.
The Calgary Flames is probably one of, if not the, best destination for Lindros.
1.) A tough squad of grit and knuckles sort of guys who will play around him. If someone decides to give him a cheapshot, he can rely on his teammates to protect him. Look at Pittsburgh and how Lemieux is constantly injured, since no one is tough enough to stand up for him. Imagine having six concussions and playing for a team like Montreal...
2.) A team that lacks true offensive firepower. Outside of Iginla, Calgary does not have any proven 1st liners. Langkow and Reinprecht are still suspect. With Lindros, he can be guarenteed top line minutes and he can instantly be one of the go-to guys on the team as opposed to playing second-fiddle behind Sundin and Mogilny.
3.) A defensively oriented team. With a great defense and some solid third and fourth lines, Lindros can have a lot of freedom to work his offense. While Sutter is a defensively responsible guy, Lindros has more liberty in playing a better offensive game if he knows there are four guys who can back up for him defensively.
4.) A hockey market.
However, I think there is still a 80% chance he signs in Toronto. John Ferguson Jr. is too young of a GM to stand up for his convictions. I suspect that he will succumb to fan pressure and sign Lindros. Even if JFJ hates Lindros' guts, he will be hanged if Lindros offers to take a paycut to play in Toronto but is nabbed by Calgary and they make the Finals again.
This is a good post, but I would argue point 3.
Since the Flames lack so much offense outside of Iginla, I think whenever Lindros is out on the ice without Iggy, he will try to make too much happen by himeself, keep his head down and get popped like he always does. Teams will easily be able to keep out their big punishing defensemen whenever he is out on the ice and he'll end up in a wheel chair.
Because of this I would consider more offensive minded teams like Colorado or Tampa, who also have gritty players, to be the safest place for this head case to end up.
Just let him go to Toronto, I think we could find somebody else that fits our system better. If we are going to take a chance on somebody, I would rather we take a chance on Allison, I would prefer neither though.
I hope he goes to Toronto, if only for the fans that had Lindros Leafs' jersies specially made. Those can't be cheap. They spent a lot of money and it would be nice for them to wear those jersies out in public again without being made fun of...as much. Think of the children!!!
I'm sure that once the Flames made the finals, Lindros decided that Calgary would be a great place to play.
Eric: "wow. That Iginla guy scores lots of points."
Carl: "If you played for Calgary, you could be his center. Then you would score lots of points too."
Eric: "wow. The Flames almost won the Stanley Cup!"
Carl: "If you played for Calgary, you could have almost won the Stanley Cup too."
Going to Calgary would be a great chance for Lindros to inflate his stats playing with a true superstar. Going to a small-market Canadian team might make some people forget what a punk he's been in the past. And going to a team that went to the finals last season (and is in good cap situation this season) would give Lindros as good a shot at the cup as any other team that might be buying. It all makes sense. Lindros has always been out for himself, and in the new NHL, Calgary might be a great chance for him to look after #1.
I doubt the Flames would want a drama-queen like that, though.