Report: Lindros retirement due to be announced this week

Updated: November 7, 2007, 6:52 PM ET
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Eric Lindros is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL on Thursday, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.

The newspaper said Lindros, 34, will likely make the announcement as part of a news conference with University of Western Ontario sports injury expert Dr. Peter Fowler in his hometown of London, Ontario.

Lindros scored 372 goals and 865 points in 760 games during 14 injury-filled seasons.

Last month, when asked about his playing future, Lindros said he would concentrate on working with the NHLPA, but acknowledged that the injuries that derailed his career had worn him down.

"Right now my focus is the 'PA work," Lindros told The Canadian Press last month. "I'm not really concerned about the rest of it. But the last couple of years have been pretty frustrating in terms of not getting through without being injury-free. ... It's just frustrating."

Lindros, an unrestricted free agent, was limited to 49 games last season with the Dallas Stars and scored a career-low five goals before missing 20 games with a groin injury.

Back for the final three games of the playoffs, Lindros helped the Stars get back in the series with some aggressive play and solid hits but he took only three shots.

He played 33 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005-06 and 39 games with the New York Rangers in 2003-04.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound center won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 1994-95 and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the most outstanding player in the league as voted by the players.

But concussions took their toll on his career. He missed all of the 2000-01 season recovering from head injuries after a check from New Jersey's Scott Stevens in Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference finals gave Lindros his sixth career concussion.