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06-27-2012, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
that's a huge point, and it's probably a sign that he has a better than decent shot of getting in someday.

not counting his rookie year with the flames and his few months with the avalanche, he never made it out of the first round. not once. and yet when you ask people in and around the league about fleury, one of the first things out of their mouths will be, "big game player." both gretzky and quinn called fleury the best big game player in the league when talking about picking him for the 2002 canadian olympic team, and messier has said similar things about him. these are the guys who beat fleury in the first round every year.

those names, of course, also constitute the old boys network that by and large still hold the keys to the HHOF. if "classy" got nieuwendyk into the hall, i have to think "big game player" will someday do the same for fleury.
Well, here's what bothers me. Nieuwendyk gets in on his second try. Fleury, the superior player, is still waiting. It shows you the power these guys yield, and its a little scary when you think of it.

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