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Old 08-14-2001, 11:13 PM   #1
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AUG 15, 2001
Rangers Establish Their Terms for Lindros

Rangers General Manager Glen Sather began negotiating directly yesterday with Carl Lindros one day after striking a tentative deal with the Philadelphia Flyers to obtain his son, Eric.

According to a person with knowledge of the discussions, the Rangers have asked Eric Lindros, who will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at age 31, to wait an extra year before seeking that status. In exchange, Lindros would receive a higher base salary.

The 28-year-old Lindros, a restricted free agent, does not qualify for unrestricted free agency until he turns 31. Lindros is believed to have agreed in principle to a deal that would cover four years at the least. The base salary is apparently closer to the Flyers' $8.5 million qualifying offer, which Lindros rejected before last season, than the $2-$3 million base salary Lindros was willing to accept from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Two barriers remain before Lindros becomes a Ranger. He must pass a Rangers' physical either today or tomorrow and Philadelphia General Manager Bob Clarke must give his final approval. Clarke would then send Lindros and a conditional first-round pick to the Rangers for left wing Jan Hlavac, defenseman Kim Johnsson and right wing Pavel Brendl.

Lindros was officially cleared to play last Nov. 27 by Dr. James Kelly, a concussion specialist, and he also passed a physical for the St. Louis Blues near last season's trading deadline. Lindros is expected to pass the Rangers' physical.

Sather is flying to New York tonight from his home in Banff, Alberta. While both sides were optimistic that an official announcement could come as soon as today, a more reasonable timetable appears to be tomorrow or Friday.

Lindros has not played a hockey game since suffering a severe concussion in the 2000 Eastern Conference finals against the Devils.

While Lindros has been disappointed that Clarke, at the last moment, managed to pull off the table two apparent deals with the Maple Leafs (Lindros's first choice), he sounded yesterday as though a resolution was near.

"I don't know what's going on," Lindros protested when reached at his Toronto home. "Glen's the boss of all this now, so I think it's best to talk to him."

Sather was not available for comment yesterday and Clarke told reporters that he had not spoken to Sather yesterday, a sign that a tentative deal had been reached.

But that did not stop Clarke from taking a swipe at Carl Lindros, who also serves as his son's agent. When asked if he was optimistic that Carl Lindros and Sather could work something out, Clarke said: "I've been optimistic about Carl before. I don't know."

The Lindros family would no doubt say the same thing about Clarke, who could still pull out of a deal. But if he did, as a person familiar with the discussions between the Flyers and the Rangers said yesterday, it would leave Clarke with next to no options regarding the Lindros situation other than making Lindros wait three more years until he qualifies for unrestricted free agency.

That is still a possibility, given the festering nature of the relationship between Clarke and the Lindroses, although it appears rather unlikely.

Acquiring Lindros would give Sather his first major deal of the summer, and might open the door for him to sign the unrestricted free agent Brett Hull, who turned 37 last week. Hull, a right wing, scored 39 goals last season with the Dallas Stars.

Earlier this summer, Hull said he would welcome signing with the Rangers regardless of whether they were able to land a player the magnitude of a Lindros or Jaromir Jagr, whom Pittsburgh eventually traded to Washington.

With Lindros, it was not that simple. He originally objected to a trade to New York because the Rangers are in the same division as the Flyers. Lindros changed his mind less than two months ago. By all indications, he should be wearing a Rangers sweater by the end of the week.
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