Big E impressed by Broadway revival

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Eric Lindros admits he suffered from the Broadway Blueshirt blues.

When asked yesterday about his three-season stint in the Big Apple with the New York Rangers, The Big E repeated the same sentence four times.

"The hockey was frustrating," Lindros said over and over.

It's easy to understand why. Despite racking up 158 points in 192 games as a Ranger, Lindros did not even get a sniff of post-season play there.

Facing his former team for the first time tonight when the Leafs meet the Rangers at the Air Canada Centre, Lindros did admit there were some positives during his time in Manhattan, even if the playoffs were a mere pipe dream.

"There were some nice people there," he said. "The fans in New York were great, and the organization always treated everyone very well.

"There were some good times, that's for sure. But it's not a whole lot of fun when you are not winning."

Lindros is a Maple Leaf now, having signed a free-agent deal in the summer. Now, just 18 games into the 2005-06 season, he is impressed with the hot start the Rangers have spliced together.

"I've watched a few of their games. They are getting great goaltending and their power play is fantastic," Lindros said.

"(Jaromir Jagr) is having a great year. He's spinning off everything. And when Rosie (Martin Rucinsky) gets back and rolling again, it'll be boost. He's a great guy and a fantastic player."

Rangers coach Tom Renney, who was an assistant coach for a portion of the Big E's time in New York, had kind words regarding Lindros.

"From my assistant coaching vantage point, I thought Eric played very well for us," Renney said.

"He was committed. He was deeply dedicated to the best interests of the team. There was a stretch of about five weeks when I thought he was the best player on the ice for us, if not the best player in the league.

"My relationship with Eric personally was terrific."

Even so, Renney thought Lindros could have been better.

"I felt like we could even get more out of him," Renney said. "So, from that point forward, you speculate."


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