Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 21, 2001
Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said Tuesday that the Flyers and Maple Leafs would be "better off" walking away from a deal that would send Eric Lindros to Toronto.
And though there appeared to be a little progress in the negotiations between the teams Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Maple Leafs would decide by today whether to go ahead with a deal.
"It's not frustrating to me," Clarke said of the stalled process. "It would be nice if they just say they don't want him, and we can go about our business, they can go about their business, and Lindros can go about his."
The news may be tough on Leafs fans hoping to see Lindros. A blue and white No. 88 Lindros sweater was on display at an Air Canada Centre store Monday night.
"It's a problem that has to work its way through," Toronto general manager/coach Pat Quinn said. "I can't say there is a timeline. We'll do our best to resolve it."
The Toronto Sun reported the basic framework of a five-year, $45-million contract with Lindros is ready but not finalized. The Sun reported the deal consists of the Leafs sending two players, believed to be Nik Antropov and Danny Markov, to the Flyers for Lindros, a restricted free-agent center. The third element would be a draft pick, believed to be as high as a first-rounder. But the Leafs want to send a draft pick or picks contingent on the number of games Lindros plays.
The Inquirer reported the sticking point to be Tomas Kaberle, a 22-year-old defenseman. The Flyers are insisting that Kaberle be part of any deal, given that Markov has missed eight games with a back injury, which the Flyers suspect may be a herniated disc.
AVALANCHE: With 21 games left, the league's top team is limping to the finish line. Colorado recalled forwards Brad Larsen and Joel Prpic from Hershey of the AHL in the wake of injuries to five players during a four-game road trip. Forwards Dan Hinote and Eric Messier and defenseman Greg de Vries were injured in Monday's 5-1 victory over the Penguins. Two days earlier, forwards Stephane Yelle and Scott Parker were hurt against the Maple Leafs. Yelle's knee injury is the most serious; he is expected to miss three weeks after Tuesday's surgery.
KINGS: The Los Angeles Times reported that general manager Dave Taylor was ordered to trade Rob Blake after a meeting in Minnesota last week involving club President Tim Leiweke failed to produce an agreement that would entice the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman to sign a new contract. No deal is set, and Taylor's talks with fellow general managers have intensified and could result in a deal within a week. The Red Wings, Blues, Devils and Avalanche, who would become Stanley Cup favorites if they added Blake, are among the most ardent suitors.
SHARKS: Rookie right wing Matt Bradley was placed on the injured list with a sore shoulder, and defenseman Greg Andrusak was recalled from the team's AHL affiliate.
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