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FLYERS SHOW LINDROS SOME MONEY, BUT "NEITHER SIDE IS HAPPY"
Published December 18, 1997
Flyers C Eric Lindros signed a contract extension Wednesday, "further setting $8.5 million and shorter-term contracts as benchmarks for elite NHL players," according to USA TODAY's Mike Brehm. Lindros' pay will rise from $3.75M to $7.5M this season, and he'll make $8.5M next season, the figure the Mighty Ducks' Paul Kariya agreed to last week for '98-99. Agent Tom Laidlaw: "Not only were the numbers pretty high, but the short term shocked a lot of people" (USA TODAY, 12/18). In Philadelphia, columnist Bill Lyon: "This is the sad and pathetic state of sports at the moment: Almost $13 million changed hands in Philadelphia yesterday and neither side is happy. The Flyers signed the player they believe to be the very best in his sport for another season, and yet his team's owner confessed to emotional emptiness." Flyers Chair Ed Snider: "There is no exhilaration" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/18).