New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired all-star center Eric Lindros and future considerations from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Kim Johnsson and forwards Jan Hlavac, Pavel Brendl and a third round draft choice in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
"We are pleased to add a player of Eric Lindros’ caliber to our roster," said Sather. "He is one of the league’s premiere players that combines excellent size, speed and skill which will certainly mix well with the style of hockey we intend to play."
Lindros, 28, a former National Hockey League most valuable player, has tallied 290 goals and 369 assists for 659 points, along with 946 penalty minutes in 486 career NHL matches with Philadelphia. He ranks fifth on the Flyers' all-time scoring list (659), third in goals (290) and is tied for fourth in assists (369). He led the Flyers in scoring three seasons, goal scoring twice, assists five times and has posted six 30-or-more goal seasons.
A veteran of eight NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Lindros has registered 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points along with 118 penalty minutes in 50 career playoff contests. He is the club's ninth all-time leading playoff scorer (57 points) and is tied for eighth in assists (33) and tied for ninth in goals (24). In 1997, Lindros led the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, marking the club's first appearance in The Finals since 1987. He led the league in playoff scoring that spring, notching 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 19 post-season matches.
The 6-4, 236-pounder has participated in six NHL All-Star games and was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1995 and the Second Team in 1996. Lindros enjoyed his finest offensive season in 1995-96, notching career-highs in all offensive categories with 47 goals, 68 assists for 115 points, along with 163 penalty minutes. During the 1994-95 campaign, Lindros ranked first on the club and tied for first in the NHL in scoring with 70 points (29 goals, 41 assists) in 46 contests. Following the season, he was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player, and the Lester B. Pearson Award, which is presented annually to the NHL's outstanding player as selected by the members of the National Hockey League's Players' Association (NHLPA). In addition, Lindros was named the Flyers most valuable player in four seasons. During his rookie season of 1992-93, Lindros tallied a franchise record 41 goals and added 34 assists for 75 points. A member of the NHL’s All-Rookie Team that season, he ranked first in goals (41), tied for third in points (75), and eighth in assists (34) on the Flyers all-time rookie scoring list. He was named the Flyers' eleventh captain on September 4, 1994, serving in that role until March 27, 2000.
The center has represented Canada in several international tournaments, including the 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympics, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the 1993 World Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1990, 1991 and 1992 World Junior Championships. As the youngest player and only non-NHL player on Team Canada’s 1991 Canada Cup roster, Lindros posted three goals and two assists for five points in eight games, helping lead the team to the tournament championship. Lindros led Team Canada in scoring at the 1993 World Championships, registering 11 goals and six assists for 17 points in eight games and received Best Forward in the Tournament honors. He also captured a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he served as captain of Team Canada.
The London, Ontario native was originally Quebec’s first choice, first overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.