Lindros, Flyers shake on it

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Eric Lindros' unconventional negotiations with the Philadelphia Flyers took a step to bizarre when the parties agreed on a handshake to sign a new contract next summer for one year worth $8.5 million.

The oral agreement in place the Flyers could still trade Lindros during the season, but it is not very likely. Since this agreement is not in writing, were Lindros to be traded, his new club would have his rights only through this season and not beyond.

"We've removed one of the incentives that the team had to trade Eric," the Lindros family lawyer Gordon Kirke said. "If there are other reasons that they deem worthy of a trade, we can't do anything about that."

Lindros said he is satisfied with the agreement because it puts the contract issues on the backburner and allows hiom to focus on hockey.

"As you know, I've been very open about my desire to stay in Philadelphia and play for the Flyers," Lindros said. "We've given the Flyers this option so that we can all work together this season."

Lindros also called the deal "a gesture of good faith" adding that this was his way of showing club chairman Ed Snider that he wanted to remain a Flyer.

"Quite frankly, we're thrilled with Eric's pledge and his attitude," Snider said. "It shows tremendous leadership on his part. I'm excited about the whole prospect of knowing we have at least another year."

Lindros maintains that he wants to play in Philadelphia and that money is not an issue. Maybe he is a little closer to the guarantees he has said he wants from the Flyers.

"Both sides walked out of there really happy . . . We're all in the same boat here," Lindros said.

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