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Does Lindros deserve to be a Hall of Famer?
Wed, November 7, 2007

Eric Lindros is hanging up his skates after a 13-year career marred by injuries and controversy.

Lindros will announce Thursday that he is retiring from the NHL to work with the NHLPA.

His total of 865 points might not seem like enough to guarantee going into the NHL Hall of Fame in a few years, due to his health and the lockout. But does Lindros deserve to be elected into the Hall, despite the few honours he garnered on the ice? Have your say in our forum.

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Most likely he will eventually get into the HHOF.

He was a good player for a while until injuries set him back. He was nowhere near as good as touted even when he was healthy.

Certainly not worth the players and money that Philadelphia gave up.

Even just one of the players that was traded for him - Forsberg - was a better player than Lindros.

Lindros depended too much on his parents to make decisions for him.
Gordon S., 2007-11-14 07:59:01

I think Eric Lindros should get into the Hall of Fame the same day I do. OK, his numbers are great, but let's look at the class that just entered -- MacInness, Stevens, Messier and Francis. Lindros doesn't deserve to tie their shoes. He does, however lead in areas that may be untouchable: number of times his mommy came to his rescue, number of concussions, number of times he whined about how unfair life was to him, number of times he pi**ed people off because of his stupidity, number of times coaches needed to remind him to keep his head up, etc., etc.
Steve, 2007-11-13 22:29:16

Lindros in my opinion did nothing for the game,to show good sportmanship among his fellow players or the kids growing up. Just a bully that never grow up. His actions off the ice were terrible.
Ralph Tompkins, 2007-11-11 09:55:32

Playing for Canada internationally, junior accomplishments,and a couple of good years throwing his weight around, is not Hall of Fame credentials.

He never improved his skills, nor the people around him. Just a bigger kid that tried to bully the smaller ones.

Scott Stevens showed him what rough housing was about, and that was the end of him.
Hbomb, 2007-11-10 22:27:54

If Clark Gillies and Bernie Ferderko can get in I think Eric should. When he was heathly he dominated the league for 5 or 6 years. John LeClaire turned into a 50 goal scorer playing with Eric. He didnt do anything in Montreal.


Jimmy, 2007-11-10 19:41:48

No doubt about it. If Harold Ballard and other owners can be in the Hockey Hall of Fame there is no argument against Eric Lindros being in there. He paid a very heavy price.

He was Team Canada captain, He was without a doubt, the best power forward of his time and a consistent top scorer on his Philadelphia Team. Forget all the other off-ice stuff about Quebec. Every player drafted has the same right exercised by Eric Lindros. Every graduating Junior player is an unrestricted free agent after one year of being drafted if not signed to the team drafting him. The Nordiques president, Marcel Aubut traded Eric because he got a great deal that turned his Nordiques team into the Colorado Avalanche as Stanley Cup Champions with the players received from the Lindros trade.

That benefited Marcel Aubut more than the Philadelphia Flyers. Free agency made all the other players make more excessive demands than Eric Lindros ever did. He played with more heart and grit than some players who are already in the Hall of fame. Besides, isn't Brian MacFarlane in the Hockey Hall of Fame? What team did he play on? Get my point?

I wouldn't visit the Hall to see Brian MacFarlane but, most would go to see the Eric Lindros display.

The venom against Eric Lindros is neither fair nor warranted. He never refused to go when called to play for Team Canada. He always answered the call. There are many so called popular players who either outright refused to go or came up with some lame excuse such as “Family reasons” or “I have an injury”.

By the way, a very little publicized note: Eric Lindros was assisting the late Roger Neilson in his summer Hockey camps free of charge every summer. Eric has also donated $5Million dollars to charity.

He does deserve to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame for many, many reasons!

I just hope that enough people see the many good sides of Eric.

By the way, I was never a fan of any of the teams that Eric Lindros had ever played on. I am only trying to be fair and objective about this.

Saying negative things about athletes is always popular once the ball gets rolling. My God these athletes are only human! We only have to look to the Montreal media in how negatively they are treating Saku Koivu. Not the fans, the media. That is however, another story.


Vince, 2007-11-09 19:57:30

I THINK HE SHOULD'NT BE ALLOWED. AFTER THIS IS THE SAME GUY WHO REFUSED TO PLAY IN QUEBEC AND A COUPLE YEARS LATER THEY WON THE CUP AS COLARADO.MY ANSWER IS NO HE DOE'S NOT DESERVE THE HALL OF FAME.YOU HAVE TO EARN THE HALL OF FAME
jason, 2007-11-09 12:57:42

Absoutely not. I agree with those that say he was the beginning of the end. His bad attitude regarding the Quebec situation set the stage for more and more demands on the part of ungrateful players. His stats are less than stellar. Who cares if he's good with kids at events - that's not what should get you into the hall. Talent and heart should, and he just didn't have either.
bill, 2007-11-09 12:51:20

If Lindros gets into the hall of fame I think it should be all the negative stuff that he brought up to the league. If Mario Lemieux refused to play for the last place Pitsburgh Pinguins and ended up with a half decent team to start his NHL carrer he might have double the amount of points her gathered during his carrer, but he stuck with them to build a stanley cup winning team. I honestly think that if you refuse to play for the team that brings you up, you should not be allowed to play at all let alone an entry to the hall of fame.
Bert, 2007-11-09 10:23:03

absolutly Not!!

The Hall Of Fame is for the Greats of the game, Not the arrogant Eggheads who think that they can dictate what team they play for. If it wasnt for his size He never would have made it in the NHL.
Rick, 2007-11-09 09:34:15

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