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Lindros to play this year?

February 15, 2001

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— One day after Flyers general manager Bob Clarke declared that he sees no possibility of trading Eric Lindros to Toronto this season, Lindros said he still thinks he will play this year in the NHL, as well as at the Olympics next winter.

"I'm not worried," Lindros said between workouts in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. "I'll just keep skating and working out every day. I won't lose any sleep over this."

Even if Lindros sits out the entire season, he said he expects to play for Team Canada next February at the Olympics.

Lindros confirmed he has spoken to Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky about the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

"Yeah, Wayne and I have talked," Lindros said. "I don't think he would have called me unless he thought I could help their hockey club."

Lindros said if he receives an invitation from Team Canada, he will play in the Olympics.

What if his stalemate with the Flyers continues?

"There's nothing that says I can't play in the Olympics just because I'm not playing in the NHL," Lindros said.

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