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Candidates For The 2014 Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

No sooner had the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class been inducted than the focus turned to the 2014 class.

There are new names eligible this year to go with ones overlooked and still sitting around with fingers crossed.

Here’s a look at some names sure to be bandied about.

NEWLY ELIGIBLE

Mike Modano: Quite possibly the greatest American hockey player ever. . . . A first overall pick of the Minnesota North Stars (1989). . . . Final career numbers: 561 goals, 1,374 career points, both good for 23rd most in NHL history. . . . Also led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1998-99 with 23 points in 23 games.

Dominik Hasek: Might have been in the Hall sooner but kept coming out of retirement to play in Europe. (Players must be retired three years to be eligible.) A 16-year veteran: 735 games played. . . . 11th on all-time list with 389 wins, 2.20 GAA, .922 save percentage. . . . Six-time Vezina winner. . . . Three-time William Jennings winner. . . . Two-time Hart Trophy winner. . . . Two-time Ted Lindsay award winner. . . . Won Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002. . . . Won Olympic gold (1998).

Peter Forsberg: Injury-riddled career means he’s not a slam-dunk. . . . His 885 points put him 104th on the all-time list, in the same neighbourhood as others on the bubble (Gary Roberts, 96th; Eric Lindros, 113th). . . . But Forsberg won the Cup twice in Colorado and Olympic gold twice with Sweden (1994, 2006). . . . Won the Art Ross and Hart Memorial trophies in 2002-03 with 106 points in 75 games.

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ClintonVerley's avatar

Hasek is a lock and I think Modano is as well…Forsberg, not so sure. I have a theory that players who play with other great players have a harder time getting in. Forsberg playing with Sakic might be an issue if that theory is right.

Posted by ClintonVerley from Auburn Hills, MI on 11/12/13 at 10:05 AM ET

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Lindros probably should be in the hall, but as someone born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, I hope he is forever on the outside looking in.

Posted by Garth on 11/12/13 at 10:26 AM ET

Its All Hockey's avatar

Great point about Forsberg and the Sakic influence. I thought Lindros was born in London, Ontario? I also hope Recchi and Osgood get some serious looks.

Posted by Its All Hockey on 11/12/13 at 10:59 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I think Lindros will be a forever-on-the-bubble kind of guy due to his failure to live up to expectations. When people see you as the next Gretzky, it’s kind of hard to overcome the projection. But through his injuries, Philly’s bad management in making him play hurt (thus exacerbating the previous point) and failing to produce in clutch moments, I can’t see him getting in under normal circumstances.

If Lindros shows signs of CTE, I do expect the league to enshrine him. It’s cynical, but that’s the NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/12/13 at 11:25 AM ET

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If Forsberg is not a lock, it will be due to the Canadian bias.  He was a better player than Sakic in his prime.  That’s why he always drew the Lidstrom/Fedorov matchup.

Posted by jkm2011 on 11/12/13 at 11:26 AM ET

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I thought Lindros was born in London, Ontario?

He was.  He got drafted by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds and refused to report (much like he refused to report when he was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques into the NHL), which is why my petty, grudge-holding self will be happy if he never gets in.

I think Lindros’ only real failure was his failure to ever learn to keep his head up.

Posted by Garth on 11/12/13 at 12:19 PM ET

ClintonVerley's avatar

I have nothing but respect for Forsberg—one of the most creative and skilled players of all time IMO. He’s somewhere right behind our beloved #13, who is the greatest of all time in that respect in my book!

Posted by ClintonVerley from Auburn Hills, MI on 11/12/13 at 12:43 PM ET

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