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From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:
It is time for some repair work at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
That is the theme for the Class of 2011 if all goes well here Tuesday, when the Hall’s 18-member selection committee meets to debate and ultimately select November’s new members.
“Repair” as in make things right for a few players who have been passed over in recent years, because this is the committee’s last chance for a while to get some of these players in before a new wave of slam-dunk candidates come (Joe Sakic, Rob Blake, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan are a few of the players who will become eligible over the next two years).
The only first-year eligible player of note for 2011 is former All-Star goalie Ed Belfour, and we’d be surprised if he got the nod in his first chance. So let’s make this a catch-up year.
The selection committee can elect up to four male players. Here’s hoping they maximize this window by taking four players who should have been inducted before this year.
We’re very pleased to welcome Phil Coffey—well-known to many in the hockey world—as a guest blogger at Kukla’s Korner.
Sight unseen, would you consider a player with three Stanley Cup championships and two Olympic medals worthy of a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Perhaps, but you need more info to make the correct decision. After all, it is possible that a player with those credentials might well be a depth player who was truly fortunate to go along for the ride.
Brian Rafalski never was a bit player during what was a tremendous—if unlikely—NHL career. Rafalski ranks as one of the top American players ever to have laced on skates. A strong, puck-moving defenseman with uncanny instincts and a work ethic to match, In a word, Rafalski was great to watch.
But at age 37, Rafalski retired Tuesday after helping the Detroit Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup and a return trip to the finals in 2009. He also appeared in three finals with the New Jersey Devils, winning in 2000 and 2003.
And let’s not forget the two silver medals earned at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics for Team USA.
Not bad for a player who was never drafted. Yep, 30 clubs could not find a reason to draft Rafalski back in the day, forcing the defenseman on a European vacation of sorts to prove himself worthy of a North American career.
The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee meets next week. Joe Pelletier at Greatest Hockey Legends looks at the names being considered:
The Class of 2008 will be a unique induction. Because of the lost 2004-05 season due to NHL labour issues, there are no first-time eligible candidates as no player officially retired in 2005. Players that did not return after the return to duty, they were deemed to have retired in 2004, and therefor eligible for induction in 2007.
We all know 2007 was perhaps the greatest induction class ever, thanks the incredible pool of eligible players. 2008 is almost a make-up year for the Hall.
Here’s a look at who is likely to get inducted in 2008. I call it the Hockey Hall of Fame Power Rankings.
Doug Gilmour - For a short time in the early 1990s, Gilmour was the best player in the NHL. Besides, Toronto’s love affair with him would make for a grand stage for the Hall’s celebration.
From Jason Kay at The Hockey News,
A few months ago – heck, even a few weeks ago – the notion seemed ludicrous: Chris Osgood for the Hall of Fame?
Some of you may even be shaking your heads and/or laughing right now.
But with the specs for his third Stanley Cup ring about to be sent to the jeweler, the question begs asking.
THN presents all the arguments. Read ‘em and vote.