My first Flyers jersey had a big #88 on the back. So did my second. And if not for a fallout with Bobby Clarke, my third, fourth and fifth would probably just be updated versions of the same thing. I was, am, and always will be a huge Eric Lindros fan. I was really young when he was with the Flyers, so many memories of his dominance start to fade away. Most of what remains is just the memory of the feeling that every time he was on the ice, he would completely dominate.
I don’t want to jump into the never ending debate on how good he really was or any other controversy that surrounded him during his career. When he was in Orange and Black, he was flat out amazing. I feel like he lived up to his hype. I don’t care one bit about anything off the ice. When he laced up the skates, he was the real deal. Who gives a shit about who his agent was, what teams he didn’t want to play for, and any other crap. That is completely insignificant when it comes to judging how good he really was. Here’s a few video’s to remind you:
Is there anyone in the game today similar to him? There are players that might score more than him, but they won’t pass as well. Or Vice versa. Then you mix in his hitting, his fighting, and his speed and agility for a player his size, and there is absolutely nobody anywhere close to his skill level. He really was a special player, and it sucks the way things turned out. He deserved better.
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