Rangers center at a crossroads

Before Eric Lindrors returns from his latest concussion, he must seriously consider the long-term damages.

Updated: January 31, 2004, 10:33 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
New York Rangers center Eric Lindros might well come back from the eighth concussion of his career, but many people are already urging him to pack it in while he awaits the results of an examination by concussion specialist Karen Johnston.

After suffering the concussion Wednesday night on a hard but legal check by Capitals defenseman Jason Doig, and fighting Doig on the next shift, Lindros went to Montreal on Thursday to be examined by Johnston.

Lindros will probably feel the urge to come back and try to help the Rangers (19-21-7-4) reach the playoffs for the first time in seven years, but he would first needd medical clearance and must be sure that he isn't in danger of any long-term neurological damage.