On Nov. 8, Eric Lindros will be enshrined in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
“It’s a special thrill,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s definitely an honor, and I’m awfully proud to be going in with that company.”
Lindros will be inducted with 76ers head coach Doug Collins, ex-New York Jet Joe Klecko and longtime MLB catcher Mike Piazza.
In terms of previous hockey inductees, Lindros joins a select list of ex-Flyers and Philadelphia natives that have made their mark on the game: Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Barber, Fred Shero, Ron Hextall, Mark Howe, the 1974-75 Flyers teams and Pennsylvania native Hobey Baker.
Lindros made six All-Star games as a member of the Flyers and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1994-95 — the last Flyer to win the award (and the only Flyer not named Bobby Clarke to win it.)
He also led the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup final with a dominant performance, leading the playoffs in scoring with 26 points in 19 games.
Clarke willing to shake Lindros’ hand at Winter Classic
John LeClair can’t wait to play with Lindros one more time
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?