Lindros Rejects Flyers Offer

Archived from 2000-01 season.
August 1, 2000

NHL teams

Eric Lindros turned down the Philadelphia Flyers' $8.5 million qualifying offer Monday and elected to become a restricted free agent.

"The pro of turning this down is you get out from under the direct control of the Philadelphia Flyers," Lindros family lawyer Gordon Kirke said Tuesday.

The Flyers keep the right to match any offer to Lindros and are entitled to compensation if he leaves as a free agent.

The team's offer included a two-way clause that would allow the Flyers to send Lindros to minors with a salary of $85,000. The Flyers invoked a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that states that a qualifying offer to a restricted free agent can be a two-way offer if the player has played fewer than 60 games the previous season.

The Lindros family reportedly felt offended by the Flyers' offer.

"The league wanted us to follow the rules," Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke said last week.

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