Eric Lindros: The Anti-Mario
Lemieux (or is he?)
Eric Lindros with coach-at-the-time Terry Murray
Both player have the same size
and nearly the same or similar skills on the ice, and have a coach-killing
reputation (Lemieux helped show Scotty Bowman the door back in '93, and
Lindros didn't support his coach Terry Murray last year), but that's where
their similarities end.
Both were at odds with the team
that drafted them, but Mario eventually conceded and signed with Pittsburgh.
Lindros demanded a trade from the Quebec Nordiques and eventually was dealt
to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Lemieux used his size mostly
for the finesse part of the game and played physical on occasion; Lindros
uses his size mostly to play physical and occasionally to play the finesse
part of the game.
Mario's team won in his first
Stanley Cup finals appearance (1991), Lindros (1997) did not.
After losing regular season
scoring title attempts to Wayne Gretzky, Mario soon thereafter won many
of his own. Eric Lindros lost his best bid at a scoring title to Jaromir
Jagr in 1995, and hasn't come close since. This season looks to be no different.
Lemieux has had his share of
talented teammates, but was unquestionably better than them in every way
that counted. Lindros is regularly surpassed on the stat sheet by John
LeClair, although there's no question as to who's the team leader.
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Lindros played his first NHL
game against Lemieux in Pittsburgh, and Lemieux played his last game against
Lindros in Philadelphia. Both players scored goals in said games.
So far, Lindros has shown the
potential to match Lemieux's inability to stay healthy for an entire season
Lemieux never won a Cup since
Lindros played his first NHL game, and, obviously, if Lindros ever wins
it will be without Mario Lemieux in the NHL. Since Pittsburgh won the last
title before Lindros entered the league, will Philadelphia win the first
title after Lemieux left the NHL???
If you believe that the careers
of these two players are somewhat strangely linked, Lindros should've won
his first title in his sixth season (in 1998) like Mario did in his sixth
season, the Flyers should've repeated the next year, and will change their
logo and jerseys after the 2nd Cup win, and not win another title since
: ) Along that same thread, Lindros will hang up his skates after the 2006-2007