> MONTREAL (UPI) -- An arbitrator began hearings Monday to settle
>the tug-of-war over top hockey prospect Eric Lindros that developed
>when the Quebec Nordiques completed deals with both the Philadelphia
>Flyers and New York Rangers.
> Arbitrator Larry Bertuzzi, a Toronto lawyer, was scheduled to
>begin the hearing at 6 p.m. EDT to clear up the latest black eye on
>the league's image. The hearing is expected to continue Tuesday, with
>Bertuzzi possibly reaching a decision late Tuesday or Wednesday.
shown on ESPN SportsCenter and CNN Sports Latenight ...
>Nordiques source said Philadelphia offered goaltender Ron Hextall,
>forwards Rod Brind'Amour and Mark Recchi and defenseman Steve
>Duchesne, two first-round draft picks and money. Other reports list
>goaltender Dominic Roussel instead of Hextall and Mike Ricci instead
>of Recchi. The money is believed to be at least $15 million.
nor Recchi appeared on either list (three players).
>Vanbiesbrouck, defenseman James Patrick, forwards Tony Amonte, Alexei
>Kovalev, Sergie Nemchinov and Doug Weight, draft choices and less
>money than Philadelphia offered. However, other reports say the
>Rangers have offered $20 million, but fewer players and picks.
reported that Kovalev was offered, not Nemchinov; James Patrick
appeared on one list and Tony Amonte on another. Five players,
not six ... no wonder Paramount's stock went down 1/4 today! (-;
My theory is that the Rangers' went way over the top with their
counter-offer, and the Nordiques figured that they could afford to
generate this controversy despite shaking hands with the Flyers so
they could cash in on Paramount's largesse. It looks to me like
Paramount is pushing for a winner on the ice, after making Smith
the club President and giving him the green light to get Lindros
at all costs.
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