Lindros feels his head as good as ever

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Eric Lindros claims the head games are over.

And he has proof.

Plagued by concussion problems throughout his career, Lindros received a stamp of approval concerning his health earlier this month from renowned Montreal neurologist Karen Johnson, the specialist who has monitored the Big E's situation since 2000.

If that's not enough of an endorsement that Lindros is ready to go, then what is?

"Everything went very well,"Lindros said yesterday during the Leafs' team medicals. "There are no concerns.

"I think there has been plenty of time to recover from the situation that happened many years ago. I feel good about it."

Lindros admitted he has been looking forward to pulling on the Leafs jersey and practising with the team.

That opportunity will come today when the Leafs hold their first on-ice workout of training camp at the Ricoh Coliseum.

Having publicly stated his desire to skate for Toronto almost five years ago, Lindros' dream now is coming to fruition.

"I don't want him being the best player on a bad team. I want him to be a good player on a good team," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said.

"The expectations for me are to have him come in, bring with him his good skills, put him in a good team environment and help us find a way to be stronger as group than anything on paper."

Early in 2001, Quinn thought he was on the verge of bringing Lindros to Toronto in a proposed deal with the Philadelphia Flyers that reportedly would have seen the likes of Nik Antropov and Danny Markov head to Broad St.

But Flyers general manager Bob Clarke, a close friend of Quinn, was said to covet Tomas Kaberle and apparently kept altering the dynamics of the trade until talks finally broke off.

"I've known Clarkie a long time. He's a tough negotiator and he always kept changing the deal," Quinn said.

"(Kaberle) was a name that came up a lot. But (Clarke) was going to flip Kaberle. (Clarke) was playing somewhere else.

"Besides (Kaberle) was a guy I didn't want to give up.

"For a while we said we've got the makings of a deal. (Clarke) then said, 'I've got to check one more place.' I know where he had to go. When he came back, no deal."


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