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New York Rangers Fan Club

Puckerings
by Timmy Corbett

Monday, October 6 2003


The Eric Era?

There are several things professional athletes would not like to be called, "fragile" is certainly one. Eric Lindros has a long list of detractors who slam him gleefully at every chance. He made no friends by refusing to play for the financially strapped small market team, the Quebec Nordiques, when they drafted him, first overall. He then was sent to Philadelphia for a package of players and was comfortable being a villain as a rough young brash talented prospect.

Then the chaos that is the Flyers began to take it's toll, through constant player shifts, coach firings and a perpetual goalie-go-round all orchestrated by the egotistical GM, Bobby Clarke. Eric began to be seen "fragile", a "fragile" leader, though he was an incredibly young captain. He was blamed in the rabid Philly media for the teams shortcomings and his confidence and ego soon became "fragile" also. Numerous concussions and a near fatal lung collapse then spread the fragile title to his health.

Lindros was unhappy and saw the writing on the wall that his future on Broad street would be a continued constant struggle. It seemed Eric needed a change of scenery and bobby Clarke was all too happy to show him the door. Despite a lengthy layoff and the "fragile" stigma attached to him, he landed on Broadway as the rangers newest big name signee. The detractors appeared to be right, Lindros struggled in his first few years as a Ranger, finding limited chemistry with rotating wingers on a team with little semblance of a system.

That was then...

Eric has been showing up in games displaying a title he once held, this time it wasn't "fragile", it was "force". He is playing with purpose and a nasty edge that made him such a wrecking force on the flyers. He appears to be skating fast and making crisp passes with comfortable linemates in Anson Carter and Martin Rucinsky. Ranger fans saw Lindros at his peak in the '97 playoff series that Eric dominated under much hype of passing the torch from current teammate Mark Messier as the dominant physical forward. Lindros then was burned by that torch, but continued on and finally persevered. It may be only pre season, but it certainly looks like Lindros is back as that power forward, if he remains healthy and continues to gel with his preferred wing, Rucinsky and new flank, Carter, this could be a long season. Not long as in intolerable like the last few, but long as in the Rangers may be playing well into April.

May the "force" be with him.

 
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How many rostered players were on the ice for opening night 2016-17

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  Capitals 46 30 11 5 65  
  Bruins 46 27 8 11 65  
  Penguins 45 28 12 5 61  
  Islanders 43 27 12 4 58  
  Lightning 44 27 13 4 58  
  Maple Leafs 45 24 15 6 54  
  Hurricanes 45 27 16 2 56  
  Flyers 45 23 16 6 52  
  Blue Jackets 46 22 16 8 52  
  Panthers 44 23 16 5 51  
  Sabres 46 20 19 7 47  
  Rangers 44 21 19 4 46  
  Canadiens 46 19 20 7 45  
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