Philadelphia Flyers: Hall of Famers announced, Mason hurt
The Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday announced Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins would be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on two separate dates in 2014-15.
Lindros and LeClair will be inducted together prior to a Nov. 20 game against Minnesota. The two played alongside each other for six seasons — including three with Mikael Renberg on the feared ‘Legion of Doom’ line, and reunited at the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game.
Desjardins will be inducted Feb. 19, prior to a game against Buffalo. ‘Rico’ came to the Flyers in the same trade with LeClair from Montreal in 1995, and played 11 seasons until injuries forced him to retire in 2006. He’s widely considered to be one of the best defensemen in Flyers history, and even served as captain from the end of the 1999-2000 season through 2000-01.
In 649 games as a Flyer, LeClair scored 333 goals and 643 points — seventh-most in franchise history. Lindros ranks two spots above him with 290 goals and 659 points scored in 486 games with the Orange and Black.
Lindros is regarded as one of the most dominant centers of his era, even winning the Hart Trophy in 1995. Injuries, such as a litany of concussions and a collapsed lung among others, slowed him down and led to friction with then-GM Bob Clarke. Their friction led to a well-publicized feud, with Clarke stripping ‘The Big E’ of the captaincy in March 2000 after six seasons and Lindros sitting out the entire 2000-01 season demanding a trade. The two mended fences and put the past behind them in time for the Winter Classic in 2012.
The three will become the 21st, 22nd and 23rd inductees into the team’s Hall of Fame. The last Flyer to be inducted was Dave ‘The Hammer’ Schultz back in 2009.
Mason breaks finger
GM Ron Hextall announced Thursday that Steve Mason broke the pinky finger on his right hand over the weekend playing ball hockey in his hometown of Oakville, Ont.
According to Hextall, the injury will only cost Mason two weeks in on-ice training. However, off-ice work won’t be affected, and Mason should have no issues reporting to training camp in September.
Mason’s injury affects his catching hand. While that’s something to bear in mind, the glove at least provides better protection than the blocker.
In 61 games last year, Mason finished 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA and .917 SP, and was seventh in Vezina Trophy voting. Thirty-three more wins next season would land him among the top-10 winningest goalies in franchise history.
It’s not quite Claude Giroux’s freak golf club injury from last season, but it’s still yet another weird offseason injury for the Flyers.
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