LINDROS A RESTRICTED FREE AGENT - FOR NOW: Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros is listed among the NHL's restricted free agents, despite agreeing to a contract extension in December.
Lindros, represented by his father Carl, has already been paid under the extension, which increased his salary for the 1997-98 season and promises him $8.5 million next season. Team owner Ed Snider considers the pact binding.
But ongoing revisions to the deal's wording have kept both the Flyers and Lindros from signing. The latest changes were drafted by the Flyers and sent to Lindros on June 5.
The revisions would, among other things, bar Lindros from motorcycle riding and water skiing.
"Eric is on the restricted free agent list because his contract has never been filed with the league, and he'll stay on that list until it's filed," Flyers attorney Phil Weinberg told The Philadelphia Inquirer for a story published Sunday.
The Flyers hope the deal will be signed as early as Monday. Attorneys for both sides say the extension should be signed by July 1, when the free agent signing period begins.
If nothing is signed by July 1, another team could pounce on the technicality and make an offer to Lindros.
Should that happen, Snider said the Flyers would match any offer.
"The bottom line for me is we want to sign Eric Lindros to a long-term deal," he said.
RED SOX TRADE LEYRITZ: Jim Leyritz, bothered by lack of playing time in Boston, was traded Sunday to San Diego along with minor-league outfielder Ethan Faggett for right-handed pitchers Carlos Reyes and Dario Veras and catcher Mandy Romero.
Leyritz, 34, is batting .287 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in 52 games but only 129 at-bats, mostly as a DH.
He played for Anaheim and Texas in 1997, and the Rangers traded him to Boston in the off-season.
HEINEKEN TROPHY: At Rosmalen, Netherlands, top-seeded Patrick Rafter of Australia beat Czech Martin Damm 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 to win the Heineken Trophy Sun-day, worth $66,400.