Lindros says he's ready to play

9/13/2005 - NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs:
Eric Lindros says his concussion problems are over, according to the Toronto Sun.

Lindros was given a go-ahead earlier this month from renowned Montreal neurologist Karen Johnson, the specialist who has monitored Lindros' situation since 2000.

"Everything went very well," Lindros told the Sun during the Leafs' team medical reviews Monday. "There are no concerns."

Lindros said he is looking forward to beginning practice with the Leafs.

• Starting over Once a major cog in Toronto's Stanley Cup
contending teams of the late 1990s, Steve Thomas arrived at the
camp needing to prove himself all over again after 21
NHL seasons.

The 42-year-old free agent was invited on a tryout. "My ego is out the door," Thomas said on the first day of
camp. "It's totally out the door. I'll play any position or any
role they want me to play."

Thomas also had a tryout offer from Detroit but wanted to play
in Toronto, where he began his NHL career in 1984 and rejuvenated
it more than a decade later with a 28-goal season in 1998-99 and a
26-goal season in 1999-2000. Along the way, he scored some big
playoff goals for the Leafs.

New York Rangers:
Moments after Mark Messier announced his retirement Monday, Jaromir Jagr said he believes he is ill-suited to succeed him as Rangers captain, according to the New York Daily News.

"First of all, I don't think I will be the captain," Jagr told the Daily News after his precamp physical at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. "Because you have to speak to the fans, in my opinion, it's a lot easier for a North American guy who speaks fluently in English. I wouldn't mind if the New York Rangers were in Czech [Republic]."

Colorado Avalanche: Brad May, the then-Vancouver forward who mentioned a "bounty" on Steve Moore, just weeks before the Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi jumped Moore from behind, is now an Avalanche player with regrets about the "bounty remark," the Denver Post said.

The remark led to May being one of the defendants in Moore's pending lawsuit in Denver District Court. Bertuzzi's brutal attack in March 2004 fractured neck vertebrae and caused a concussion that could possibly end Moore's career.

Eighteen months after the attack, Moore is recuperating and skating in the Toronto area, awaiting the written report on recent tests at the Cleveland Clinic, and hoping to soon come to Denver to work with the Avs' medical staff, the Post said.

May, whose "bounty" remark in the wake of the Feb. 16, 2004, Canucks-Avs game at the Pepsi Center was cited as one of the justifications for the case being filed in Denver, will make $650,000 this season as the Avs' fourth-line left wing and enforcer.

"We all understand how regrettable it all was," May said Monday, when the Avalanche went through physical testing at the Pepsi Center on the eve of training camp. "I've played for a lot of years in this league with integrity and honor, and I'm proud to be who I am. I don't feel bad, but I feel the whole situation is regrettable - regrettable for the individual, for both teams and for hockey in general."

When he mentioned the "bounty," did he mean it?

"It was in jest," May said. "It was regrettable, there's no question about it."

St. Louis Blues: After a two-season absence, Scott Young
is returning to the Blues, who signed the veteran right wing to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN of Canada reported
Young will receive $750,000.

Young, who turns 38 on Oct. 1, spent the last two seasons
with the Dallas Stars. Prior to that, he scored 107 goals and
had 98 assists in 298 games with the Blues from the 1998-99
season through the 2001-02 campaign.

Pittsburgh Penguins: The team re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik. It wasn't clear how much Orpik will make this season, or the length of the contract. Orpik's agent, Lewis Gross, didn't immediately return a call for comment.

Orpik played six games for the Penguins during the 2002-2003 season. He has one goal, nine assists and 129 penalty minutes with the Penguins.

Washington Capitals:
Defenseman Ivan Majesky failed his physical
with the Capitals because of a knee injury and did not
attend training camp Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Majesky signed a free-agent deal last
month. He hurt his knee playing for Slovakia at the World
Championships in May.

Majesky had never missed a game in two NHL seasons with Atlanta
and Florida.

Others not in camp Tuesday were draft pick Patrick McNeill, a
defenseman who had shoulder surgery and failed his physical Sunday
night; forward Andrew Cassels, who broke his cheekbone last week;
and forward Dainius Zubrus, who had arthroscopic knee surgery two
weeks ago.

Forwards Alexander Semin and Petr Sykora had problems obtaining
their visas but are expected to arrive this week.

Information from the Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.