Lindros' season finished

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

In the same room where eight months ago he had posed so proudly with his new Maple Leafs sweater, Eric Lindros fought back tears for what could be his last game in Toronto.

"I tore it again," he said of the right wrist ligament that kept him out of the lineup almost three months until this week.

"I'm going to have surgery later this week. It's not a lot of fun right now."

Lindros had defied the critics by eschewing surgery after the original Dec. 10 injury and maintained a rehab program that put him back in the lineup.

DIDN'T COME BACK

But last night, just after unleashing a heavy second-period wrist shot wide of the Ottawa Senators net, Lindros winced in pain and didn't come back in the third.

He had realized a life-long dream last summer by signing with the Leafs, a one-year $1.55-million US deal. He avoided the concussion problems that derailed his Hart Trophy career, only to fall victim to this unexpected mishap.

"You'd think it wouldn't be something like a wrist, but that's the bad luck of it," coach Pat Quinn said.

Doctors and trainers conferred after the game with general manager John Ferguson, as teammates went into the trainers' room to offer support.

"He's devastated," Tie Domi said. "He has gone through tough times these past few months and dealt with a lot of adversity."

The doctors also were updating Ferguson and Quinn on forward Nik Antropov, scratched before the game, and defenceman Andy Wozniewski, who limped off in the third period.

There was also bad news on the farm during the weekend with a report that Marlies defenceman Jay Harrison broke his hand.

"Nik had an arm problem going on and I don't know how bad it is," Quinn said. "Hopefully, it's just day to day. The medical staff is still examining (Wozniewski)."

With Lindros out, expect Clarke Wilm or Mariusz Czerkawski to be activated for Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Wade Belak can slide back to defence, but Marlies call-up possibilities include Staffan Kronwall, Brad Brown, Ian White and Brendan Bell.


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