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NHL Star Lindors Out with Concuission - 2002-01-04

Ice hockey star Eric Lindros remains sidelined by the seventh concussion of his career. The NHL's New York Rangers placed Lindros on injured reserve Wednesday and he will miss games in Edmonton and Colorado.

Lindros was diagnosed with a minor concussion after a hit in the Rangers' game at San Jose on December 28th. He missed the next two games at Los Angeles and Phoenix and was re-examined Wednesday by a concussion specialist. Lindros would be eligible to return to the Rangers' lineup on Saturday at Pittsburgh, the last stop on the team's six-game road trip.

Lindros missed all of last season because of his history of concussions. He is the Rangers' second-leading scorer with 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points, tied for 11th in the NHL. He had six concussions in his last 27 months with the Philadelphia Flyers, who traded him to the Rangers in August. Lindros was selected last month as a member of the Canadian Olympic team that will play in Salt Lake City next month. Elsewhere, Mario Lemieux, out for all but three games since late October following hip surgery, wants to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup Tuesday against Boston.

Lemieux resumed skating last week after being off the ice for more than one month. He had considered returning Saturday against the New York Rangers, but now thinks that would be rushing it.

Lemieux had a major setback when he admittedly came back prematurely in mid-November, only two weeks after arthroscopic surgery, and he does not want to make the same mistake twice.

The Penguins have only one win in their last nine games (1-6-2) and are closer to the bottom of the NHL's Eastern Conference standings than the top.