Every time Hall of Fame weekend comes around, hockey people, media and fans alike love to debate who should get in and who should be kept out in future years. Here are some names that are certain to cause some animated disagreements, listed with career goals, assists, points:
n 17th in all-time scoring, eigth in playoff scoring ... Numbers should be enough to get him in but continues to be passed over ... If personal issues early in his career are an issue, why are those held against him when committee seems to have put aside those of 2010 inductee Dino Cicarelli?
Has been eligible since 2006 ... Two biggest arguments against his inclusion: 1) He didn’t win a Stanley Cup; 2) His career was cut short by injury ... At the same time, there are some pretty convincing facts in his favour ... Won the Calder as top rookie in 1992 and twice won the Rocket Richard Trophy as league’s top goal scorer ... Almost won Cup in 1994 when Pat Quinn’s Canucks lost Game 7 to Rangers ... Bure’s average of .623 goals per game is third-highest in NHL history among the league’s top 100 goal scorers behind only Mike Bossy (.762) and Mario Lemieux (.754) ... One of very few players in past two decades who could lift fans out of their seats whenever he touched the puck.
Critics argue that his name was bigger than his production ... Injury problems, the perceived soap opera that surrounded him, and lack of a championship cited too ... Does not rank in all-time top 100 scorers ... At the same time, he averaged well over a point per game (865 points in 760 outings) which is very impressive ... Doesn’t seem to have a lot of support for his Hall bid.
341 - 1,079 - 1,420
Detractors claim he wasn’t “flashy enough” ... On the
other hand, only Wayne Gretzky, Mark
Messier, Ron Francis, Raymond Bourque and Paul Coffey had more career assists ... Ranks 16th on NHL’s all-time scoring list.
Mildly surprising that he wasn’t elected this time around ... Won three Stanley Cups with three different teams (Flames, Stars, Devils) ... 1999 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP ... Ranks 52nd on all-time scoring list ... Career cut short by injuries.
454 wins, 51 SO, 2.79 GAA
Cujo-bashers claim his record-tying losses (352) and lack of a Cup are reason enough to keep him out ... As far as the losses go, we don’t buy it ... Hall of Famers Gump Worsley, Glenn Hall, Terry Sawchuk all lost at least 326 games ... Joseph’s 454 wins (fourth all-time) are more than any of those three produced ... Not eligible until 2012
501 wins, 353 losses, 165 ties
Won Stanley Cup in New Jersey ... Ranks 14th in all-time coaching wins ... The argument is often made that coaches such as Mike Keenan and Pat Quinn have higher win numbers and are more deserving ... In our minds, all three should be in.