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That Time Of Year - Lindros In The HHOF?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Eric Lindros, yes or no?

It is a simple question without a simple answer. On Tuesday, when the voting selection committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame convenes in downtown Toronto, there is little doubt that the merits of one of most-discussed, disliked, controversial figures — and one of the great players of his time — will be debated and disected as to whether he will be part of the Class of 2013.

As with everything to do with Lindros’ career, the conversation will be contentious. It is almost a certainty that first-time nominees Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer will receive 14 of the 18 votes necessary for election to the Hall. And it is almost a certainty that Brendan Shanahan, passed by more than a year ago, will be part of this Hall of Fame class.

But the certainty ends with Lindros, who played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL, with four different teams, the first half of his career stunningly effective — for a brief instant, he was the game’s most dominant player — and then there is the second half of his career, which, by his lofty standards, was rather ordinary.

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Primis's avatar

No.

Take out the Quebec thing.  Forget his concussions.  Focus on his play, his defenders say.  OK, let’s do that then..

In the biggest stage and series of his career, Lindros failed to show up.  In 1996-97 Stanley Cup Finals against Detroit, he managed only a single goal (and a meaningless one late in Game 4 with the outcome already decided) en route to the Flyers getting swept.

I don’t need to know anything else about the guy.  I don’t need any other arguments against him being in.

Posted by Primis on 07/08/13 at 12:59 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

Absolutely. Its basically the Hockey Hall of Good with some of their inductions, so Lindros should be in.

Posted by LiteWork on 07/08/13 at 01:17 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

He’ll never get in because of off-ice issues and his low total career numbers, but I’d have no problem with him getting in.  He was better then Cam Neely and at least as good as Pavel Bure if we’re talking about players that would of been first ballot HHOFers if not for injuries.  He’s got a Hart Trophy and was one of the most dominant players of the mid to late nineties.  I’d rather have players in the HHOF that were elite for a decent period of time, even if their careers didn’t last long, then guys who were very good, but not great, for a long time (Mike Gartner) or players who rode shotgun on dynasty teams (Clark Gillies, Glenn Anderson).

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 07/08/13 at 01:21 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

He’ll never get in because of off-ice issues and his low total career numbers, but I’d have no problem with him getting in.  He was better then Cam Neely and at least as good as Pavel Bure if we’re talking about players that would of been first ballot HHOFers if not for injuries.  He’s got a Hart Trophy and was one of the most dominant players of the mid to late nineties.  I’d rather have players in the HHOF that were elite for a decent period of time, even if their careers didn’t last long, then guys who were very good, but not great, for a long time (Mike Gartner) or players who rode shotgun on dynasty teams (Clark Gillies, Glenn Anderson).

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 07/08/13 at 01:21 PM ET

Exactly. Too many players are in the HOF for just accumulating career totals over long careers as opposed to noteworthy players who defined teams/eras. Lindros was a better player than Bure, Neely , LaFontaine, etc.

Posted by LiteWork on 07/08/13 at 01:56 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Lindros was a better player than Bure, Neely , LaFontaine, etc.
Posted by LiteWork on 07/08/13 at 01:56 PM ET

What, what, what?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/08/13 at 02:59 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

  Lindros was a better player than Bure, Neely , LaFontaine, etc.
  Posted by LiteWork on 07/08/13 at 01:56 PM ET

What, what, what?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/08/13 at 02:59 PM ET

Did I say something wrong? :((((((((

Posted by LiteWork on 07/08/13 at 04:40 PM ET

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