TORONTO - Eric Lindros is set to announce his retirement from the National Hockey League, a source has told The Canadian Press.
Lindros is expected to make the announcement on Thursday at a news conference in London, Ont. Such an announcement would end a 13-season career as controversial as it was prolific. While Lindros has averaged over a point a game in his career and won the Hart Trophy, he has famously feuded with management and even refused to report to the team that drafted him.
The 34-year-old forward played for the Dallas Stars last season and became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Lindros was heavily involved with the NHLPA's search for a new executive director and is expected to stay on with the union now that Paul Kelly has been hired.
Lindros scored 372 goals and had 865 points in 760 games for Philadelphia, Toronto, the New York Rangers and Dallas.
He won the Hart Trophy in 1995 and was part of the Canadian Olympic team that won gold in 2002, but he also battled injuries throughout his career. He missed an entire season with a concussion and only averaged 58 games a season when he did play. He never managed to play a full season, and only came close in 2002-03 while with the Rangers.
Lindros suffered eight concussions in his career, including one that forced him to sit out the entire 2000-01 campaign after he was levelled by New Jersey's Scott Stevens during a playoff game the season before.
Lindros became a major story as he entered the NHL for conflicting reasons. While he was touted to become hockey's next great superstar - he was dubbed the "Next One" after his stellar junior career - he also caused controversy when he refused to play for the Quebec Nordiques, the team that drafted him first overall in the 1991 entry draft. The Nordiques traded his rights to Philadelphia a year later for five players, including Peter Forsberg, a first-round draft pick and US$15 million in cash.
Lindros starred in Philadelphia, winning the MVP award in 1995 and scoring 40-plus goals in three of his first four years. His finest year statistically was 1995-96, when Lindros had 47 goals and 68 assists for 115 points.
But his tenure with the Flyers was also marked with public clashes with general manager Bob Clarke and other team officials, largely because he questioned the medical treatment he received while with Philadelphia. The bad blood between Clarke and Lindros led to Philadelphia trading their star centre to the Rangers in 2001.
After three years with the Rangers, Lindros moved on to Toronto - the team he grew up rooting for. But he lasted only the 2005-06 season with the Maple Leafs, where he had 11 goals and 11 assists but was limited to 33 games after injuring his wrist.
Lindros signed with the Stars for the 2006-07 season but injuries took their toll again, limiting him to five goals and 21 assists in 49 games.