September 1, 2001 Rangers owe Lindros at least $2 million Club has opt out clause after first, second and third years By JIM MATHESON The Edmonton Journal NEWMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2001View SourceSeptember 1, 2001Rangers owe Lindros at least $2 millionClub has opt out clause after first, second and third years
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The New York Rangers are on the hook for a $2-million US guaranteed salary for Eric Lindros, and everything else is bonuses (games played, goals and assists and making the playoffs, something Glen Sather always insisted on as Oilers GM).
So if Lindros goes through the middle, loses the puck in his feet, gets plastered and sustains another concussion, the Rangers pay $2 million.
Apparently, the deal is for four one-year contracts, too. In other words, the Rangers can opt out after the first, second or third years if they don't like Lindros's production or health.
Oates Wants Out of Washington
Don't count on seeing Adam Oates when the Washington Capitals open camp, or until the season starts and players start getting paid. Washington picked up the $3-million option on his contract to keep his rights but Oates hasn't changed his tune. He still wants out after playing only eight minutes in a playoff game against the Penguins last spring.
The Caps could deal Oates, who turned 39 Monday, in a heartbeat - to Phoenix, Montreal, Tampa or Atlanta for a couple of draft picks - but they won't do it unless they've got another deal going for a first-line centre. They struck out on free agents Jeremy Roenick and Pierre Turgeon and won't give up Brendan Witt and Jeff Halpern to the Bruins in a deal for Jason Allison.
Allison, who wants $8 million a year, still seems like the best bet. Strangely, the Oilers aren't interested in Oates, maybe because wherever he goes he wants a two-year deal.
99 for Biography
Biography is doing a biography of Wayne Gretzky. They'll be in Edmonton Sept. 12-13 for a series of interviews for the award-winning hour-long television show.
Bucky in Line for L.A. Captain's Chair?
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Kelly Buchberger might get the captain's 'C' in Los Angeles now that Rob Blake is safely ensconced in Colorado. Buchberger, who broke his ankle when Blake hit him with a shot in the playoffs last spring, Adam Deadmarsh and Aaron Miller are the best bets for captain.
- The two biggest trades this summer involved Jaromir Jagr and Eric Lindros. Local agent Rich Winter has five of six kids moving (Kris Beech, Ross Lupaschuk and Michal Sivek to the Pens and Jan Hlavac and Pavel Brendl to Philadelphia).
- Nick Lidstrom, who won the Norris trophy last season after being runner-up three straight years, is sitting pretty in Detroit after Blake got $9 million a year from the Avs. Lidstrom's deal is up next July and Lidstrom, who's already talked of returning to Sweden so his kids can go to school there, has the Wings over a barrel.