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Big E shooting for straight-As

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

The Big E now means Economics for Eric Lindros.

The former Hart Trophy winner is taking day courses at the University of Toronto, joining his union brethren in trying to put the down time of the National Hockey League lockout to some use as it pushes into four months. But he's not yet ready to commit to a serious career in the business world after hockey.

"I'm just interested in it," Lindros said yesterday at an NHLPA toy charity autograph session at Vaughn Mills Mall. "It's ironic that it's that topic (in the middle of a bitter collective bargaining negotiation). I don't know if some of the graphs we study correspond to what we're going through (with the owners), but it has been fun."

The 6-foot-4 Lindros is hard to miss around the U of T, in terms of size and surname. but he insists he's just another student.

"It's a big class, with about 450 to 500 people," he said. "They're so focused on school."

Asked if he's been approached by the Varsity Blues to play a little school hockey shinny, Lindros laughed and assured that neither the hockey or football teams have contacted him.

Lindros, who is without a contract, skates four or five days a week with a group of NHLers. He has also used the hiatus to re-hab shoulder surgery he underwent in late March last season to repair a torn labrum. Limited to 39 games with 32 points, his worst ailment was the eighth concussion of his career, suffered on Jan. 28.

But Lindros, who will be 32 in February, mentioned no lingering effects yesterday and insists he will be healthy if and when the games start up again.

"We all started to get out spirits lifted and felt that our proposal would be looked at in a different light," he said. "Now we're frustrated. Guys have started to back off a bit from working out with the holidays coming up and family things to go to.

"Myself, I've bought a house in the area and I've Martha Stewart-ed it up."


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