Should Lindros Be Hall-Bound?

The debate is on for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010. The 18-member selection committee is already ramping up plenty of discussion about who’ll be in the Hall this round, with names like Joe Nieuwendyk’s getting batted around with frequency.

Another name on the list is that of Eric Lindros.

Held to only 760 National Hockey League games because of injuries, Lindros is a controversial pick for the Hall of Fame. For some, he’s a shoe-in because he put together 86 career points and helped Team Canada to gold in 2002. For others, his shortened career and lack of a Stanley Cup put him on the outside looking in.

The pessimists will say that Lindros was hardly a model player. He came on the scene feuding with management types, making his presence felt in less-than-flattering ways. Lindros refused to report to the junior Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds after being drafted and repeated the same treatment to the Quebec Nordiques after they picked him first in 1991.

But for some of those very management types, Lindros’ performance on the ice trumps anything he did or didn’t do off of it.

“Eric Lindros is a Hall of Famer,” said former NHL coach Jacques Demers. “There was a period of time when he was the best player in the NHL. He was dominating.”

Lindros has not many any public comments regarding possible Hall of Fame selection, but talk of Quebec and his attitude off the ice continues to bubble over in many hockey circles whenever his name is mentioned.

“I look at what a player accomplished on the ice,” said Demers. “I don’t hold a grudge. I can’t worry what people think that he didn’t go to Quebec City. He’s not Pete Rose. He didn’t disgrace the game. He was a dominating player – one of the best power forwards I’ve seen.”

The selection committee can pick up to four players, one official and one builder each year. This year will make history in that up to two women’s hockey players can be selected. There’s a considerable list of first-year eligibles this time out, with names like John LeClair, Peter Bondra, Tony Amonte, and Pierre Turgeon in the hunt.

There’s also the consideration that some overlooked players from other years will finally get their shot, like Doug Gimour or Pavel Bure.

The question of Lindros’ inclusion in the Hall becomes more controversial when one considers some of the players outside of it that aren’t in yet. Still, as short as Lindros’ career might have been and as difficult a human being he might have been off the ice, it’s hard to argue with the fact that he was a clearly dominant player.

Whether that dominance is Hall-worthy is, of course, another story.

Posted by Jordan Richardson.

Published by HockeyDraft.ca

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3 thoughts on “Should Lindros Be Hall-Bound?

  1. Eric Lindros should be a shoe in for the Hall of fame.
    He did so many things that can’t be forgotten.
    First I will point out some of his short comings and then I will give my reasons for his Automatic Hall of fame induction

    First of all he did rub people the wrong way right from the start, he was young and arrogant, and was that good so he felt that he was justified in his decisions.
    I guess in all fairness that is common thread in many athletes, but it is what it is.
    Both John Elway and Steve Francis refused to play for the team they were drafted by. It wasn’t good, but those were the choices made.
    There were probably many other situations like this where people just forgot it happen. Come to think of it I wonder how many prospects would be willing to sign with Edmonton. They were horrible enough last year now with Tom Renney as the bench boss it will get much worse.
    Now Eric after he snubbed the Sault & Quebec he had that dark cloud hovering over him throughout his whole career.
    Sadly Eric felt having his dad as his agent made sense that was a big mistake as obviously having a buffer to work between the player and the team makes the most sense.
    The relationship with Bobby Clarke the Flyers organization and some of his teammates was a stormy one and Eric was forever under the spotlight.
    A troublemaker who can’t take his team to the promise land. That was how he was unfairly pegged.

    Well lets see when he got to Philly they were brutal, not only were they basement dwellers they got rid of a lot the talent they had just to get Eric.
    What did he do? He delivered,
    In his first 2 seasons he recorded over 40 goals in each campaign.
    He then led his team back to the playoffs and lost in the conference finals to the eventual cup champs New Jersey in 1995
    That same season Lindros won both the Hart trophy & the Lester B Pearson Trophy. He tied Jagr for the Art Ross as well but Jagr won the tie breaker.
    In 1995-96 Lindros Had 47 goals 68 assists 115 pts and 163 pim
    Not very often do you find such a balance of greatness these days.
    That year the Flyers once again fell short in the playoffs as they lost to the Rat Throwing Panthers in the conference finals.
    And then in a injury shortened season he and The flyers made their Stanley Cup appearance in ten years.
    It was looking very promising but they were stifled by the Red Wings.
    After that series sweep by Detroit, Lindros only played in 10 play off games
    His Health did get the better of him, especially during 1999-00 playoff season when Scott Stevens smoked him with that brutal head shot.
    That year Philly Was once again in the Conference Finals
    He did have 2 decent years with the Rangers, between the 2 years with New York
    He scored 56 goals had 70 assists totaled 126 points and had 279 minutes in penalties, obviously his numbers were not the same but he still played a very skilled game.
    Finally he played a final year with the Rangers, one with Leafs, and he retired as a Dallas star. His Injuries became too much, and his health too important. He was unable to put up the same kind of numbers and he was hurt way too often.

    I can’t figure out how this guy could not be in the Hall of Fame, I have not even mentioned what he did for Team Canada.
    I have to Factor One shortened Season and One Lock out where there was no season at all I would have to say if he played during the lock out adding at least 50 goals to his final totals would not be unreasonable.
    Come to think of it he would have put better numbers over all considering he was in his prime during the shortened season.
    And yes what about his Numbers
    In 760 regular season games, he scored 372 Goals, had 493 Assists, 865 Points and had 1398 minutes in Penalties
    Cam Neely is in the Hall of Fame he played in 726 games scored 395 Goals had 299 Assists, 694 points and had 1241 minutes in penalties.
    Eric Lindros has to be in the Hall
    Besides Gordie Howe, Brendon Shanahan, & Rick Tocchet there were very few better Power Fowards than Lindros.
    I make this a long arguement because along with his numbers being there, he never put a black eye on the sport, yes he was stubborn at times but the guy had a heart of a lion, always did what he could to make his team a winner
    He even hung around later after his career to support the NHLPA.
    And even thanked the Fans Of Philly for their support, He grew up he deserves that credit.
    It will be a long time if ever that we see a guy so talented, that he makes others around him play so much better, could hit and shoot so hard, take over a game at any time and yes he was 6-4 and weighed 230 lbs, and his presence will never be forgotten by those who played against him or just watched him on TV. Whether you like him or not he a freak of nature. He Deserves that Respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Besides being a a die hard Philly fan I try my best to be as objective as possible when it comes to judging. It helps me to keep a balanced argument. And honestly The Big E despite any attached negativity deserves to be a part of the Hall.
    Come on is Clark Gillies or Bernie Federko better than Lindros?
    Have a look at look at the list of players in the Hall there are several guys without the talent the Lindros had.

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