PHILADELPHIA, PA -- As the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers prepare for Monday's Winter Classic, the build up to Saturday's Alumni Game has revolved around the return of a legend.
Eric Lindros' bitter divorce from the Flyers in 2001, and long-time public feud with Bobby Clarke, put a sour end to a promising beginning for the former prospect dubbed "The Next One". But on Friday afternoon, Lindros stood on the field at Citizen Bank Park all smiles and speaking excitedly about coming back and wearing a Flyers jersey once again.
"It'll be great," said Lindros. "It'll be the orange and black. It's been a while since I pulled on a Flyers jersey. It would mean a lot to me."
Lindros' return back into Flyers' fold has been a slow unfolding process. In 2008, the ex-Flyers captain left a video message for the fans as the organization honored the franchise's former captains during ceremonies marking the closing of The Spectrum.
Then in August, as word started leaking out that the Flyer...