Flyers Reject Offer For Lindros

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The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly rejected a trade proposal from the Toronto Maple Leafs that would have sent Sergei Berezin and a first-round draft pick to Philadelphia for Eric Lindros.

The Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke confirmed that he has talked with Toronto and general manager Pat Quinn, but nothing of substance. Clarke now doubts he will ever trade Lindros to Toronto.

"I know Pat pretty well and he's not going to change his opinion," Clarke said. "If there was a way the two of us could get together and put something together, we would have been able to find it. But our opinions are so different, there's no chance."

Lindros, 27, hasn't played since last year's playoffs and insists he will only sign with the Maple Leafs. He is a restricted free agent and Philadelphia will hold his rights until he is 31.

"If we don't trade him to Toronto this year, we might not trade him next year, either," Clarke said. "He's pulled his power play and it's not worked. So it's time for him to just say he'll go wherever he's traded and play hockey."

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