I guess it was a long time ago that the Lion roared for that one day. If it is still not obvious to Sather that Lindros is as brittle as they come, then this saga will derail the rebuild that we're holding our breath for.
Over the past 3 years, I've gained a good deal of respect for Lindros, a player I used to really, really hate. That said, his time here was an absolute nightmare. A miserable leader, as brittle as an 80 year old woman, totally inconsistent performance and production, etc. The end of his Ranger career marks not only a change in the direction of the team, but lifts the weight of this huge liability off the team's shoulders. Not gonna miss big E.
Yes, I came to respect him as a player too. I definitely saw that he cared about playing and wanted to win. I think he cared too much in fact. But it's just not in the cards for him, regardless (I think) of wherever he'll play.
I'm sure he'll be in a lineup somewhere come opening night next season, it just won't be with us. This Ranger team is moving on and leaving behind all that was, which Lindros was a big part of for his 3 year stay here.
He showed heart most of the time, and I believe truely wanted to win as a Ranger. Just like with so many other names like Nedved, Kovalev, Fleury and Bure, it just wasn't meant to be.