Eric Lindros. The name sparks emotions - good or bad - for Flyers fans. The Flyers traded Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, 1993 and 1994 first round picks, and $15 million to the Quebec Nordiques (later Colorado Avalanche) in 1992 for the unproven Lindros.
Lindros became the Flyers captain in 1994 and was paired with Mikael Renberg and John LeClair on the Legion of Doom line. He took home the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 1995 and was selected as an All-Star seven times. Unfortunately, he cannot add "Hall of Famer" to that list. Lindros was not elected today to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his fourth year of eligibility.
Lindros is the fourth fastest player to 300 and 400 NHL points behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Peter Statsny. He was the fifth fastest players to 500 points behind Gretzky, Lemieux, Statsny, and Mike Bossy. Lindros posted 290 goals, 369 assists for 659 points in 486 games with the Flyers while averaging 1.36 points per game in the orange and black. He finished his NHL career with 372 goals, 493 assists for 865 points in 760 games (1.14 points per game).
The pure dominance that Lindros showed on the ice with the Flyers was something special. Scott Wheeler pointed out that Lindros' numbers are as good, if not better, than Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. His 659 points in 468 (should be 486) games and plus-188 mark is comparable to Sidney Crosby's 665 points in 470 games with a plus-106 mark.
It was remarkable the kind of player Lindros was as he defined "power forward." He stood 6'4" 240 lbs. in the center of the ice. His gritty style was a blessing and a curse as he suffered numerous concussions in his career which ultimately ended his career in 2007.
Flyers fans welcomed No. 88 back to the city with open arms on December 31, 2011 for the Winter Classic Alumni Game. He will always be a Flyer in the eyes of hockey fans and will look to get into the Hall of Fame next year.
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