Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/05 at 08:48 AM ET
Lindros grasps that the tremendous potential he brought into the NHL has not been entirely realized and now, at age 32, the apogee of his career may have passed. "You have to be healthy. Health is the biggest single asset once you have your skill and your drive. If you can keep your health, you can keep on playing. "But it's the hand I was dealt. I have to play those cards accordingly. I'm not bitter. I'm sour at moments. Who wouldn't be? But what can you do?" There is poignancy in what might have been and dismay over some of the complications that have marred his professional existence: The end-game rancour in Philadelphia, being stripped by GM Bob Clarke — "Bobby," Lindros emphasizes, snidely — of his captaincy after complaining about alleged failures of the training staff there, and a dull term in New York, where it was expected that he'd thrive as a Ranger. The Clarke follies don't merit revisiting, says Lindros. "He's not worth my time or yours." But he clearly holds his nemesis responsible for the cock-up four years ago where Lindros twice came close to becoming a Leaf, a situation that tried the patience of then-Leaf general manager Pat Quinn. "I don't think Bobby ever wanted me coming to Toronto. There was no way he was going to make that trade." As for New York, that was ... weird. "That team never felt like a team. It never had that group feeling, that come-together feel. Guys would get together at team functions but it didn't feel like they really wanted to be there."
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