Lindros to Stay in the Big Apple, NO Jagr

The NYPost, and TSN.ca, reports that center Eric Lindros has exercised his player option, and will most likely play next season with the team.By LARRY BROOKS

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June 11, 2003 — Eric Lindros has exercised his one-year option for next season and the Rangers will not buy out the contract, The Post learned yesterday.

That means Lindros will earn a $3.3 million base salary and up to $6 million in bonuses for essentially avoiding a debilitating head injury – unless the parties agree to restructure the deal later this summer.

Glen Sather called Lindros’ father and agent, Carl, to broach the subject of restructuring the pact, raising the base salary and tying bonuses to performance (rather than number of games played), The Post reported last month. There has, though, been no further discussion on the matter.

Under terms of the CBA, the Rangers could have bought out Lindros’ contract for $2.2 million – or two-thirds of his base salary – before July 1, which would have made the 30-year-old center an unrestricted free agent. It is now far more likely that Lindros, who last year endured the worst season of his career (19-34-53), will be a Ranger when training camp opens about three months from now.

Meanwhile, disregard the ludicrous rumor that the Rangers would be willing to deal Lindros to Washington for Jaromir Jagr, who has five years and $55 million remaining on his contract.

No team is going to take an annual $11 million hit under the $38 to $45 million cap threshold that every league executive believes will be stipulated in the next CBA. Not even the Rangers.

While Jagr’s contract will be a post-2004 burden to whichever team owns it, Lindros has one year remaining on his deal – a team option for $10.25 million for 2004-05. The Rangers have commitments only to Bobby Holik and Darius Kasparaitis after the CBA expires next September.

http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/36346.htm


35 Responses to Lindros to Stay in the Big Apple, NO Jagr

  1. MantaRay says:

    Lindros hasn’t been a factor in hockey since 1997.

    Who cares?

  2. mikster says:

    It’s news, it kills the Jagr rumor.

    Who cares what you think. I didn’t post this for you, Rangers fans and other fans consider this news. Tough luck, deal with it. Olczyk hasn’t been a factor in how many years? Yet, he is about to be named the next Pens coach….it’s news.

    So, you also make little sense.

  3. Hockeyman93 says:

    Well, the Rangers need to restructure Lindros’ contract badly. All the guy has to do is play 82 games and gets a cool 6 mil? I could do that. Who knows what Lindros will show up next year. He might just have had an off-year or it may be the beginning of the end. Personally, I would rather see him traded, as long as its not to the Leafs. We already have Sundin, Antropov, Gilmour, and Green, and possibly Nieuwendyk, we’re set down the middle. Though I believe Gilmour will and needs to retire.

    I maintain that the Rangers need to overhaul their defense and that means moving some scorers up front, including Bure and Lindros.

  4. defenestrate says:

    YES! Another year for those Bellvue interns to get some “hands-on” experience with “closed-head trauma”.

    SCTP – “The Discovery Channel of HTR”.

  5. Leaf_Expert says:

    Lindros didn’t exercise his option to garantee a stay in New York…. He did it so it can garantee him his money….(its not that hard to figure out)

    And I don’t think he really does prefer to stay in New York either. I do think he will start the season a Ranger but come the deadline or next season I highly doubt it.

  6. matteo says:

    Who cares where that Sally goes….one more hit and he’ll be rooming with a head of lettuce in the vegetable aisle of your favorite grocer.

    He is getting paid to not get hurt right now….that money is too easy to give up….if he did he may actually have to (GASP) perform next season rather than just glide around in the open ice or stand next to the net on the power play.

    Now if we could just get Sather to take LeClair…hmmmmmmm…time for the Jedi Mind Trick

    SCTP – Learn well you must

  7. mikster says:

    He said many times that he prefers New York, obviously he’d play for the Leafs.

    If he wanted to play elsewhere, he wouldn’t have picked up his option where the Rangers will restructure it.

  8. MantaRay says:

    Ah Mr. Bitters….

  9. calflyers says:

    Wonder if this means the Rangers are gonna go after LeClair…

    (or at least try)

  10. mikster says:

    Mr. Bitters talking to Mr. Rude.

  11. mikster says:

    For a 2004 3rd and almost half of LeClair’s salary….

    Yeah, sure.

    If not, then Slats is still not interested.

  12. tml28 says:

    what about riechel, hes good offensively, get lindros,sundin,antropov,riechel, and gilmour will prob retire and lose green if u ask me my line of fowards are better than urs, ull never win with green and dougs to old

    TML28

  13. tml28 says:

    what about riechel, hes good offensively, get lindros,sundin,antropov,riechel, and gilmour will prob retire and lose green if u ask me my line of fowards are better than urs, ull never win with green and dougs to old

    TML28

  14. wrightstuff77 says:

    If the money is a problem for the Rangers and they are not close to the playoffs, the will probably deal him at the deadline. If they can’t deal him they could always sit him. Show the asshole Lindros some of the disrespect he’s shown the league, bvy thinking he’s bigger and better than everyone.

    For a guy who was supposed to be the next great one he sure hasn’t done much. If his career ended today I wouldn’t even consider him for the ballot into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

  15. NJDeViLs says:

    i dont know how u can say Nieuwendyk will be a leaf. y would he want to leave his best bud Lagenbrunner is there and the players love him and respect him and so do the fans…so y would he have any reason to leave and it is not money because he wont be like bobby holik and be a bastard

  16. MantaRay says:

    Thats Ravishing Mr. Rude to you!!!!

  17. Sands says:

    ALL this does is keep this guy on a contract. Thats all. I believe if he isn’t moved, Leclair will be given a run but clarck will get a pick, and have to eat most of that salary. But i think Lindros is going going gone… real soon…… If Fedorov is free Rangers are makeing a run at him with out a dout. IUf they get him they will dela Lindros for anything… maybe een Jagr…. Bure hasnot been heard from and i think this guy is out.

  18. Sands says:

    ALL this does is keep this guy on a contract. Thats all. I believe if he isn’t moved, Leclair will be given a run but clarck will get a pick, and have to eat most of that salary. But i think Lindros is going going gone… real soon…… If Fedorov is free Rangers are makeing a run at him with out a dout. IUf they get him they will dela Lindros for anything… maybe even Jagr…. Bure hasnot been heard from and i think this guy is out.

  19. Goldenscud says:

    Yo – what is SCTP?

  20. defenestrate says:

    One of those awful, cult-like secret societies. Looking at the names of the people who use it should give you some insight into its intent.

  21. big_booty says:

    Slow down there, Rick….

  22. big_booty says:

    We could tell you, but then we’d have to kill you. Nothing personal, just company policy.

  23. defenestrate says:

    There’s that ‘roid rage again..

  24. Goldenscud says:

    I am making like Geraldo and am going to try to unlock the secret vault!

  25. Goldenscud says:

    how about a hint? that might be worth me getting a flesh wound, right?

  26. mikster says:

    Well, the Rangers have to accept it now, but they will.

    I think Slats will hear offers, but they won’t be good. No he won’t go after LeClair, and Fedorov.

    He’s staying a Ranger 😉 One more year with the Rangers…..won’t hurt. If the Rangers miss the playoffs again, which now would not surprise me, then you can expect players to get traded. Good thing that they only have Holik and Kaspar are the only ones getting paid when the CBA comes up. And people say this team is screwed?

    Nope, they aren’t!

  27. defenestrate says:

    You’re a black knight then, is that it?

  28. Sands says:

    Not both Fedorov and leclair.. but one of the 2 maybe. if Fedorov is a free agaent he will sign some place else, and hen will do it at 50 mill for 5 years just to piss off Detroit. I say take a run at him if they get the chance.

  29. Goldenscud says:

    need more

  30. defenestrate says:

    “It’s just a flesh wound – I’ll bite your kneecaps off”.

  31. Goldenscud says:

    hmmm, getting warmer

  32. Flyers_01 says:

    I really don’t see how this changes anything. The Rangers can still trade Lindros if they so desire. Also, all that Brooks is stating is that he thinks it’d be ludicrous to take on Jagr’s salary, it doesn’t mean the Rangers won’t do it. Heck, it doesn’t even mean the Rangers are denying talking about the possible trade.

    Basically the only real information to be gleaned from this article is that Lindros wants his money and the Rangers are still willing to give it to him.

  33. Sands says:

    NOTHING, this means nothing, they can still work on fixing the contract and they can still trade him so….. let’s stop with what this means….. CAUSE it means NOTHING

  34. Brigand says:

    Oh c’mon: Monty Python, Search for the holy grail.

    Sorry, but that was getting painful.

  35. matteo says:

    here is your hint……if oranges are orange….and grapes are purple then what is the average air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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