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06-29-2012, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
Turth be told the layoff really hurt Sundin, who probably was hoping to sign with an East coast team but the Cap prevented .

It was a sad end to a great career.

Good points on Fluery and the culture of hockey and why he might make it in.

Fluery was a very exciting and inspirational player and was looked on as a bad apple late in his career.

We all know now why that was and it might influence and be the tipping point to his making the Hall.

He has a pretty interesting case and if the HHOF was like baseball and the voting was transparent it would be interesting to see how he would do.

Sadly the NHL process is secretive and all we can do is speculate.
It helps Fleury to have an actual reason for his crazy on ice and off ice activities that really started to mess up his life and game in his 30's. Getting abused by a prominent hockey coach in junior, and having that become public knowledge and owning it from Theo's perspective goes a long way toward people understanding his addictions and frankly insane behaviour late in his career. Addicts are sick people, and for the general public and ALL the HHOF voters to see the WHY of Theo's demons... and having the cause mainly be him being a victim of HOCKEY and the HOCKEY establishment and the Western Hockey league. Sympathy is easy. Compassion is easy. Forgiveness is easy. Hockey is a small world. Hockey, and the HHOF voters won't forget where his demons came from and that everyone in hockey has some small part of the responsibility for what happened to Fleury and others at the hands of James.

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