Clarke: Little Lindros Talk

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said Wednesday he's no closer to trading Eric Lindros than he was last week when the star center declared his strong desire to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Clarke got a phone call from Boston Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell on Tuesday to discuss Lindros, but it was a short conversation.

"He asked, 'What's up with Lindros,' and I said 'Ask him,'" Clarke said, adding that a couple of other teams called with the same question.

Lindros, 27, rejected an $8.5 million qualifying offer from the Flyers last summer, declined to meet with Clarke to discuss his future and made it clear he will not return to the team because of a contentious relationship with the general manager.

"We'd trade his rights if someone made us a proper offer," Clarke said. "I can't see any team doing that."

Lindros was cleared to resume playing last month, nearly six months after his sixth concussion. He said last week that he wants to play in Toronto, but wouldn't rule out other teams.

"I think it will take a long time," Clarke said. "It's a complicated situation. Maybe Boston wants him. Maybe he doesn't want to play there. What's the point in them wanting him? So much of it is in Lindros' hands."

Lindros hasn't played since May 26, when a check by New Jersey's Scott Stevens gave him his sixth concussion in slightly more than two years. It was only his second game after a 2 1/2-month absence because of postconcussion syndrome.

The former Flyers captain had 28 goals and 32 assists in 57 games last season, including four periods of the playoffs. He made six All-Star teams and won the MVP award in 1995, but Philadelphia lost its only Stanley Cup final with him.

Lindros' relationship with Clarke reached a point last season where the two didn't speak for months.

The boiling point came after Lindros criticized the team's medical staff for failing to diagnose his second concussion of the season on March 4.

Clarke then stripped Lindros of his captaincy, and the franchise player was ostracized until he returned for Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against New Jersey.

"We'll listen to any offer," Clarke said. "There's really nothing going on. There's nothing to get excited about."


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