Lindros has torn ligament in his right wrist

Updated: March 5, 2006, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Maple Leafs forward Eric Lindros will undergo surgery after tearing a ligament in his right wrist Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

Eric Lindros

Lindros hurt the wrist earlier this season and recently returned after missing 26 games. He aggravated the injury when he took a slap shot in the second period Saturday, and didn't return in the third.

"I tore it," Lindros said. "I'm going to need surgery this week."

Lindros declined to have surgery when he first got hurt in December.

The Toronto native might have played his last game in a Maple Leafs uniform if the surgery forces him to miss the rest of the season.

"It's been a frustrating time for him and us as well. We had hoped to have him healthy," coach Pat Quinn said.

Lindros signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract last summer, fulfilling a lifelong dream to play for the Leafs.

His career has been plagued by concussions.

"His history has been to miss some games. With his history, you wouldn't think it would be something like a wrist," Quinn said.

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