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With their superstar center in the final year of his original six-year contract worth $20 million, the Flyers gave Lindros, 24, an extension that made him and Anaheim's Paul Kariya the league's highest-paid players. The Flyers originally offered five years at up to $50 million (including incentives), but Lindros's agent -- his notoriously difficult father, Carl -- took the shorter deal because he thought the free agent market was going to skyrocket in a year or two.

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