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Hockey Hall Of Fame Bound?

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Unless the Hockey Hall of Fame committee succumbs to Maple Leaf myopia, there won’t be a second consecutive slate of Toronto-tinged inductees to announce in a few days.

While it would be nice for Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts and Curtis Joseph to get in on their first try, they’ll likely be in a pool with other new eligibles behind the two strongest entrants — the much-decorated Joe Sakic and Brendan Shanahan. The aforementioned Leafs trio join four-time Cup winner Claude Lemieux and American scoring ace Jeremy Roenick.

Their consideration then hinges on whether the selection committee chooses to redress one or two players growing older on the vine, including multi-Stanley Cup winners from the Original Six era and some near-forgotten Europeans. The list will be finalized a few days before voting.

Last year’s ceremony was a Leafs love-in, with Doug Gilmour, Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk and Mark Howe, all of whom played at least one year for the Leafs, or Toronto Marlboro juniors. Those, except Howe, won Stanley Cups, all elsewhere.

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For a list of first year eligible players to the HHOF, click here.

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Gary Roberts a first ballot HOF’er? What? I’d like to hear the case for that. It’s tough to see him in the hall, period. Was an elite player for maybe 3 years and unexceptional after that.

Posted by Dave on 06/14/12 at 01:20 PM ET

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Same for Cujo. I certainly see Sundin going in before both of them. Is Roberts being inducted for his contributions to conditioning and diet?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/14/12 at 02:37 PM ET

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