The Big E heads to the OR
And maybe for the last time.
You know, for all the criticism Eric Lindros has had heaped on him throughout his career — unfairly, in my opinion — he's always been a standup guy. No one in hockey is going to say anything bad about Lindros, and that can't be said about every (former) superstar.
So, if this is, in fact, the end of The Big E's career, I'm going to choose to remember him as the big kid from London who won the Hart Trophy at age 22, seemed destined for greatness, and had his body give out on him.
Answer this: How great could Eric have been had injuries never been a factor?
The Lindros family has had its share of health issues, including when Eric's younger brother, Brett, had to retire at age 19 due to concussion problems. Eric's cousin, Randy, was a highly regarded defenceman back in Kamloops when he died suddenly at age 15.
I've been glad to see Eric come back to Ontario, play for the Maple Leafs and receive a warm reception from the fans here. It's too bad it couldn't have worked out any better.