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Watch Eric Lindros practice with the Flyers

Mar 29, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

With Philadelphia in Toronto on Thursday to take on the Leafs, former Flyers captain and native Ontarian Eric Lindros took the opportunity to participate in the pregame skate:

“It was very cool,” Flyers defenseman Matt Carle told CSN Philadelphia. “He was in the locker room before we went out and rumors were swelling that he would come out and skate with us.”

This was the latest move welcoming Lindros back into the Flyers fold after years of acrimony between the two sides. The most memorable instance came in January at the 2012 Winter Classic, when Lindros participated in the alumni game and received a raucous ovation from the Citizens Bank Park faithful.

Today, another step. Philly GM Paul Holmgren extended the invite to Lindros to skate with the team and play some 3-on-3 shinny, and the Big E sounded extremely grateful to have received it.

“That was a lot of fun,” Lindros said. “Any time you can wake up and head to this building to go on the ice, it’s a blast, it really is. Hockey is a great game. I really enjoy hockey.

“Homer gave me a call and said come down to the room and say hello to the guys and go out for a skate. It was good time.”

As for how Lindros looked? Even though he’s 39 and a tad over his playing weight, several Flyers were impressed with his skill set — and size.

“He can still play, he’s a big man,” Scott Hartnell said. “He was out there for fun. It was kind of cool seeing him in the dressing room. I remember him as a Flyer out there absolutely dominating with big checks, big goals.

“Just to see him wheeling around with us was cool. I am a midget compared to him. He is just so thick.”

/muffles laughter

  1. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Boo-yah

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      I’ve least waived Shelley. He can’t possibly be worse.

  2. philk0731 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Should have invited Scott Stevens to come out on the ice with him

  3. danphipps01 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Fantastic hairshot on Hartsy there. =D

    • hartsy19 - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Thank you sir

  4. barbarian9 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    No concussion? That’s news!

  5. cw3214 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    It’s pretty amazing that Lindros is being embraced by the organization again. I didn’t think he would be around after he got knocked out by Brind’amour for bangin his wife.

    • eastcoastcynic - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Did that help start his concussion problems?

  6. bct11554 - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    It just too bad he could not learn how to skate with his head up. Would have been nice to see what could have been

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