June 26th, 2012, 04:51 PM #11
Blows me away that Bure got in but Lindros hasn't. I put them both in the same category. Also surprised Sundin got in on the first try.
June 26th, 2012, 07:48 PM #12
Lindros has a ton of baggage unfortunately....Definitely an amazing force though.
Originally Posted by SmytheKing
June 27th, 2012, 05:38 AM #13
I like all four choices.
Bure by far was the most exciting player to watch before Steve Smith demolished his knee.
The Legends: Pavel Bure - YouTube
Bure made so many other Hall of Famers look god awful.
Bure is my all time favorite player in the NHL.
All Class joe.
His shot was so sneaky quick.
Unbelieveable vision and passing skills
Awesome size and skill in one package
Sundin Nike Commercial - YouTube
June 27th, 2012, 02:11 PM #14
Awesome seeing Bure get in. First superstar Van ever had.
An electrifying talent that could make plays at top speed and was never afraid of getting his nose dirty. A pure goal scorer with extraordinary wheels.
Unfortunate his career ended so soon.
Still one of my favourite memories as a Canuck fan was Bure's overtime goal against Calgary.
Well deserved honour for #10! Enjoy your place in the Hall!
Interesting side note on Burnaby Joe I recently learned. Apparently he was "this close" to becoming a King before Quebec moved to Colorado.
The cost however would have been Lucky Luc (Quebec wanted a french superstar to build around), but LA said no.
"Things that make you go hmmmm...."
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June 27th, 2012, 06:34 PM #15
Really? There's hope yet, Anze...
June 27th, 2012, 10:34 PM #16
I hated Bure when he played but can't deny he was great to watch. There were players who could skate faster one on one, but no one used his speed as effectively as Bure.
June 29th, 2012, 10:27 AM #17
Bure may have been the most gifted player I have ever seen. It's a real shame that he couldn't stay healthy long enough to see what kind of numbers he put up. I agree with Oates and Sakic both guys were going to be getting in pretty quickly. I am surprised however that Sundin got in before Shanny. I had no doubt Sundin would get in, I just didn't think he would get in there before Shanahan. I think next year is going to be the year of the defenseman for the HHOF. I think next year Chelios, Niedermayer, Blake, and Shanny get the call.
June 29th, 2012, 06:19 PM #18
This goes both ways...I mean what do you do? I think the HOF has let too many players (not a huge number though) in that really didn't deserve it. Once you do that you open a can of worms. I wouldn't put Bure or Sundin in myself...but I'm rather conservative with these things. I'd only have gone with Sakic....
All pretty great players though....
June 29th, 2012, 06:25 PM #19
Kind of my thoughts as well. Though, Sundin I'd EVENTUALLY put in. The guy had a great career and deserves to be there. . .but not in front of someone like Shanahan. I mostly have an issue with Bure. Not because he wasn't super amazing. . .but because the guy only played 700 games in the league. He COULD have been one of the best of all-time. Just didn't play long enough to ACTUALLY be one of the best of all-time.
Originally Posted by jom
June 29th, 2012, 09:40 PM #20
Of the 4 who got in, Bure was definitely most deserving to be in the Hall of Fame. He was one of the most exciting players I've seen in my life, despite his shortened career. And of course Sakic was an easy choice. Oates, I'm a little surprised because he was always seen as the 2nd guy behind the superstar goal scorers, but no one can deny his numbers or how he actually made those goal scorers so much better. Sundin, I'm not sure. Maybe he deserves to be in but not before Shanahan. If he wasn't a Leaf would he get in this quickly?
Lindros is hard to say. If you look at how his junior hockey career started, all the hype of him being the "Next One", and how his career was eventually cut short, maybe you say he didn't live up to expectations. But in those few years with the Flyers when he won the MVP & was part of the Legion of Doom line, he was the most dominant player in the league. Is that short brilliance enough to get him into the HOF? I don't know. You could compare him to Cam Neely getting in with a short but great career but Neely didn't have the baggage Lindros does.