>It is unlikely Eric Lindros will ever play in the NHL.
>junior team, the Oshawa Generals. If the first week of October goes by and
>he doesn't sign a pro contract, he's out for the year. Once a player goes
>back to junior, he can't be touched unless in an *extreme* emergency.
junior by the teams that drafted them. Since Lindros hasn't been sent
back to junior by Quebec (he is going back on his own), this rule
probably doesn't apply here. I think he will be able to play in the NHL
as soon as he signs a contract.
>rights. The Nordiques will not trade him. To do so would be to be buckling
>in to him, and I sincerely doubt the Nordiques will do this. I have a feeling
>that their stance is that if he doesn't play for them, he's not going to play,
people running the Quebec franchise are smart enough to see this. Right
now, it is in Quebec's best interest to sign him and call his bluff
regarding his threat to go back to junior. However, if a year or so
goes by and he still hasn't signed with them, I would bet they will
trade his rights so that they get something in return. If he goes back
into the draft two years from now, the Nords get nothing. Next year
around this time, there will probably be many teams making offers to
Quebec for Lindros' rights, knowing that there will be very little
chance at getting the right to draft him the following year (they would
have to finish last overall and hope that nobody else makes a deal
>be drafted by one of three teams: San Jose, Ottawa, or Tampa. Again, none
>of these would seem to be the centers of attention that Lindros wants to find
>himself in, so he would undoubtedly refuse to play for those teams.
don't you think Lindros would be willing to play in San Jose or Tampa.
Both are large US markets (2 million plus in each and Florida has a large
number of resident Canadians and Americans from hockey areas) which
offer the potential for many endor***ts. This is the biggest reason
he doesn't want to go to Quebec. The population of Quebec City is only
something like 350,000, which makes it the smallest market in the NHL
by about a factor of two. Even Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg have
close to double the population and all of the US cities have populations
of a million or more (I know Harford isn't this big but there are
several other cities within 60-80 miles).
>Considering that the case might not get to court for years, and that the
>legal fees would be tremendous, Lindros would still not wind up in an NHL
>uniform, and even if a case was eventually found in his favor, he would be so
>much in the hole financially from having to pay for it that it wouldn't have
>been worth it to begin with.
if Lindros challenged the draft. After all, all players would stand to
benefit if the courts ruled against the draft. I don't know about how long
the case might drag out in court. This is one thing that might inhibit a
player from challenging the draft. I would guess that a court case would
take around 3-5 years, by the time all the appeals were exhausted.
>the NHL here. Bush league as many of us might think it to be, the owners will
>stick to their guns.
legality of the draft would not be upheld in court. The owners' lawyers
will be telling them this. At this point the owners will likely try to
strike a deal with the players in the form of a new CBA which would
grant the players more free agency options while retaining some form of
the draft (something similar to this happened with the NFL).
>been a star, made millions of dollars in salary AND endor***ts, and been set
>for life. The endor***ts might still be there, but he will never play in
(assuming there is one before too long). If a new CBA grants the players
more freedom in becoming free agents, then Lindros may decide to sign
a short term contract with Quebec. If he knows he can become a free
agent after two or three years, he may decide to sign with Quebec and
move on after that. Of course, the rules concerning free agent
compensation would have to be more conducive to teams signing free