Lindros Officially A Ranger

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The Philadelphia Flyers on Monday finally traded center Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers ending a 15-month soap opera.

The Flyers received left wing Jan Hlavac, defenseman Kim Johnsson, young forward Pavel Brendl and a middle-round draft pick for Lindros, who suffered six concussions from March 1998 through May 2000. Philadelphia will send a conditional first-round pick to the Rangers if Lindros fails to play a certain number of games.

"We've gone through an extensive analysis of the situation with the doctors and I don't see it as high risk and high reward," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said

Lindros, a restricted free agent since rejecting an $8.5 million qualifying offer from the Flyers last summer, reportedly signed a four-year deal worth about $38 million with the Rangers.

"I feel confident about coming back," Lindros said. "I've been symptom-free for 15-16 months now. Most players that have tried to come back (from concussions) haven't had a window of time to heal. I wanted to play last year but the time off was a blessing in disguise."

Lindros hasn't played in nearly 15 months after a check from New Jersey's Scott Stevens in Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference finals gave him his sixth concussion. He sat out the entire 2000-01 season.

The deal is a huge risk for the Rangers as Lindros is probably one good hit away from retirement.

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