Eric Lindros Calls Out Philadelphia Flyers Over Cutter Gauthier Trade Handling

Philadelphia Flyers great Eric Lindros isn't happy with the organization and the way they went public with top prospect Cutter Gauthier's trade request. Lindros, who is no stranger to making trade requests, rarely speaks to the media and this has certainly caught many by surprise.

The Big E met with Michael Traikos of the Hockey News and had this to say:

I would have focused on just saying, 'We wanted Jamie Drysdale and we had to give up this player. That's how I would have dealt with it. I wouldn't have publicized the situation. I would have just traded the kid. I had a great time in Philly. But if he thinks he's going to have a better time someplace else, then go for it. It's a player's right. The better the city and the organization treats a guy, the more it's going to attract guys. That's a big part of it. I don't think a player puts his head down anymore and says, 'Thank you.' Especially a free agent or someone who has been around the league.

Gauthier, one of the best prospects in all of hockey ended up receiving death threats from Flyers fans after being unwilling to meet with anyone from the organization once they started to try and change his mind about never playing in Philly. He was eventually traded to the Anaheim Ducks for young defenseman Jamie Drysdale.

Gauthier and his Boston College teammates have recently advanced to the Frozen Four and it's expected he will be turning pro and joining the Ducks for the remainder of the team's regular season.

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