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Happy 40th Birthday, Eric Lindros

Feb 28, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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Ah, to be born on of Feb. 28 or March 1 and not have to fake your birthday like those weird Feb. 29 kids. This guy knows what we’re talking about.

Anyway, Happy 40th Birthday, Eric Lindros. The Big E is over the hill.

In honor of the occasion, SI’s Extra Mustard crew has put together these eight pictures of a young Lindros mostly lounging around, save for when he’s water skiing and receiving the Hart trophy.

Watching two-thirds of the Legion of Doom skate at Citizens Bank Park during last year’s Winter Classic alumni game — on a line with Mark Recchi, no less — you can’t deny there was a thought in your head, that even though they were playing a bunch of old dudes, “maybe these guys can still play.”

Then again, it was good just to see that Lindros and the organization had buried the hatchet — and not in each other’s foreheads. As two of his former defenseman said after the game:

“There was really no difference,” Desjardins said, of skating again with No. 88. “We just give him the puck, and he does the rest.”

“He looked happy,” Therien said. “He looked like something was put to bed.”

Good times.

Here’s E nearly killing Andreas Dackell and a couple other videos for your enjoyment. Best part is him looking pissed off afterwards and basically telling the Ottawa bench to go F itself.

Favorite or least favorite Lindros memory? (Game 7 against the Devils we know, we know, we know, we know.)

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