Sportsnet.ca — Although not completely closing the door on a NHL return, Eric Lindros is ready to start a new career with the NHLPA.
In an interview on the FAN 590, Lindros said returning to play was not the first priority this NHL season.
“I’m not pursuing it,” said Lindros of playing this year. “I think, in the recent years, I can’t get through a season. It’s frustrating. It’s tough mentally.”
The past three seasons with Dallas, Toronto and the New York Rangers, Lindros played in 49, 33, and 39 games respectively while amassing a cumulative 80 points.
When asked definitively whether he has retired, Lindros replied saying he hasn’t signed any papers, but is ready to pursue other career options, which includes working with the NHL Players Association.
“Certainly working in some capacity with the PA I’m interested in,” said Lindros, who has been instrumental the past few months helping turn around the fractured union and as a member of a five-player panel commissioned to hire the new union head, Paul Kelly.
“I really appreciate Eric’s efforts,” Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Cammalleri, a member of the search committee, said Wednesday. “He’s worked extremely hard for all the right reasons for quite some time now. I think his efforts hopefully won’t go unnoticed.
“He should definitely be considered as someone that could have some involvement. In what capacity and what extent obviously remains to be seen, but he’s definitely an asset to our group.”
- with files from the Canadian Press.