Originally created 06/05/99

Father: Lindros to sign one-year deal



PHILADELPHIA -- There's no signature just yet, so for now the Philadelphia Flyers will have to settle for a handshake and an assuring phone call when it comes to Eric Lindros' contract status.

Carl Lindros, the star center's father and agent, said Friday his son would follow through on a handshake agreement with the club and sign a one-year, $8.5 million deal, plus incentives, that would prevent him from becoming a restricted free agent. The Lindroses called Flyers chairman Ed Snider this week about their decision.

Whether it leads to a longer term deal the club hopes Lindros will sign remains to be seen.

"We're just proceeding in getting (the one-year contract) finalized," Carl Lindros said. "We just received a draft of the contract proposal on Wednesday and hopefully we can get it done in the next couple weeks."

The two sides reached the handshake deal in September after they were unable to agree on a five-year extension. At the time, Eric Lindros said the one-year deal would eliminate the distraction of having contract negotiations go on during the regular season.

Speculation had grown in the last month, though, with no movement detected in contract talks and a July 1 deadline looming for restricted free agency. If the team fails to get a contract done by then, they would have the right to match any offer Lindros receives from another team.

Carl Lindros said Friday that his son's decision affirms the "very vocal commitment" he made with the team in September, but added that no timeline has been set to begin negotiations for a longer deal.

Flyers officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

"They don't want a long-range deal, and that's the way they feel about it," Snider told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're content with a one-year deal."

Carl Lindros declined to detail what incentives are included in the deal except to say that they were performance-based and team-oriented, such as if the Flyers won or reached the Stanley Cup finals. They are similar to incentives proposed by the team in their five-year contract offer last year, Lindros' father said.

The agreement was reached just before Eric Lindros left on a long drive from his Toronto home to Florida for an appearance on the Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

Carl Lindros said Eric is progressing well in his recovery from the collapsed right lung that forced him to miss the last two weeks of the regular season and the playoffs.

The center is experiencing muscle pain in his chest in the area where he was injured but doctors say pain is normal for the type of injury Lindros suffered and should go away in about six months.

Lindros was officially cleared by team doctors last month to resume playing hockey.

"It's just a matter for the muscle in his chest to regroup so he doesn't feel pain every time he turns," Carl Lindros said. "But the doctors say it's normal and he should be used to it by the time training camp opens."

Lindros is now undergoing normal off-season weight training and conditioning and will resume skating a few weeks before training camp begins in September.