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Lindros Out Because of a Mild Concussion

<i> Associated Press</i>

Philadelphia captain Eric Lindros won’t play in the Flyers’ game today at Vancouver because of the after-effects of a mild concussion.

“The headache has subsided some,” Lindros said Wednesday, the day after he suffered a concussion in the Flyers’ game against Calgary. “It’s not great, but it’s certainly not as bad as it was Tuesday night.”

Lindros said he hopes to be in the Flyers’ lineup Sunday in Edmonton. He’ll be reexamined by a neurologist today and must pass a series of physical and mental tests before being cleared to play against the Oilers.

During Philadelphia’s 4-3 overtime victory Tuesday in Calgary, Lindros left the game late in the second period after his head struck the side glass on the second of three hits he took from the Flames’ Jason Wiemer.

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Carl Lindros, the player’s father and agent, has been an outspoken critic of teams allowing players to return from concussions too soon. Brett Lindros, Eric’s brother, retired from the NHL because of concussion-related problems.

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Vancouver Coach Mike Keenan says it may be time for the team to fire someone: himself.

“I find it very disappointing when players won’t listen to the coach’s suggestions, particularly when they’re not successful,” Keenan said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. “Either they are going to accept what we ask them to do or they won’t and they’ll have to fire the coach. That’s how it works.”

Vancouver, trying to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, is 13-18-4, third in the Northwest Division, five points behind first-place Colorado. The Canucks are winless in three games, including a pair of shutouts.

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The Detroit Red Wings claimed veteran defenseman Todd Gill two days after he was waived by the St. Louis Blues.

Gill, 33, was struggling this season with two goals and three assists in 28 games, with both goals coming in the past three games. He also was a minus-6.

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