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As another of the new bloggers added to Kukla’s Korner for the 2008/09 season, I am happy to say hello.  I feel honored to be chosen as a part of a very good bunch of people who clearly know their hockey.  For those who don’t know me, I have written on blogger since the 2004/05 lockout season.  I have a general interest in the NHL (all teams), with interests in trying to put today into historical perspective (What will we think about these events when we look back on them in the future?) and trying to uncover a deeper understanding of the game via statistics and sabermetrics.

Now lets get started with something interesting.  One of my favorite questions is which currently active players should be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame based only upon current achievements (no projecting into the future)?

These are my answers:

Ed Belfour
Rob Blake
Martin Brodeur
Chris Chelios
Peter Forsberg
Jaromir Jagr
Nicklas Lidstrom
Mike Modano
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Pronger
Mark Recchi
Joe Sakic
Teemu Selanne
Brendan Shanahan
Mats Sundin

and at this point, nobody else.  For an explanation of my Hall of Fame standards look here.

Of these “active” players, Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, Brendan Shanahan and Teemu Selanne have yet to sign with an NHL team for this seaso, I expect all will.  Jaromir Jagr is no longer active in the NHL.  He is playing in the KHL.  Ed Belfour’s status is most questionable.  Last year he played in the Swedish second division.  Although reports at the end of last season claimed he would likely be back, he has made no such commitment yet and with the season fast approaching it is not clear that he will.

Clearly, one can argue with me about other players who are not (yet?) on this list as being deserving of the Hall of Fame.  There are several players who are worthy of consideration.  Maybe in the future, we can discuss (argue?) about those guys.

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imageThe Puck Stops Here was founded during the 2004/05 lockout as a place to rant about hockey. The original site contains over 1000 posts, some of which were also published on FoxSports.com.

Who am I? A diehard hockey fan.

Why am I blogging? I want to.

Why are you reading it? ???

Email: y2kfhl@hotmail.com