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Injuries aside, Eric Lindros was easily one of the most dominant players of the 1990s.
He was drafted in 1991 by the Quebec Nordiques, but refused to play for the team due to lack of marketing potential and his inability to speak French. The holdout lasted for a year, until Nordiques management finally worked out trades with both the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
Eventually, arbiter Larry Bertuzzi ruled that Lindros be sent to the Flyers for prospect Peter Forsberg, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne and two first-round draft picks.
Lindros made an immediate impact with the Flyers, scoring 41 goals and 75 points in only 61 games during his rookie season. He teamed with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg to form the "Legion of Doom" line and once again topped 40 goals in the 1993-94 season.
He tied Jaromir Jagr for the NHL's scoring lead in the lockout-shortened 1995 season, but Jagr was awarded the Art Ross Trophy due to his 32 goals to Lindros' 29. Lindros, however, came away with the Hart Trophy. He had his finest offensive season the year after with 47 goals and 115 points while playing 70 games for the first time in his career.
The following season, he led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals, rolling over their first three opponents, but they were set down by the Detroit Red Wings in the finals in four games.
Lindros suffered his first in a series of concussions in 1998 and was involved in a scary incident after a game against the Nashville Predators in 1999. He was discovered by teammate Keith Jones lying pale and cold in the bathtub and Bobby Clarke ordered that he be placed on a flight to Philadelphia. However, he was soon taken to a Nashville hospital where he was diagnosed with a collapsed lung, and would have died had he been placed on the flight.
Lindros was eventually stripped of his captaincy for criticizing the team doctors and would be concussed twice more in his time with Philadelphia. He sat out a full season and was eventually dealt to the New York Rangers, where he had success in his first season, but eventually succumbed to another concussion.
After one-year stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, he retired from hockey.