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11-15-2012, 12:16 AM
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I don't know here. Those Lady Byngs are nice, and really it is a nice award and if you looked back at it you'd be surprised just how many tough players or players we consider to be clutch performers that actually won it. But I don't think it's a deal breaker either. His Asian heritage shouldn't be a deal breaker either. He was born in British Columbia. Kariya was Canadian and in reality we can go through hoards of Hall of Famers where their parents/grandparents weren't born in Canada. Grant Fuhr got in because he was good enough to get in. I suspect Jarome Iginla will face the same prospect (although there might be a few who disagree). If his heritage is brought up as an argument for Kariya's induction then that means we're running out of things for him.
I too was impressed with his reign near the top of the NHL. But he also had opportunities to thrive and didn't. The holdout in 1997-'98, not playing in the 1996 World Cup and 1998 Olympics because of injury. The woeful playoff record which is probably as bas as Dionne's if not worse. The opportunity to ride a hot goalie in 2003 only to surprisingly not be a huge factor in the postseason. Then the quick fall from grace at a rather young age. I don't know, the deeper I look into his career the harder I see him in there eventually.
I agree, Paul looked klike a lock for the HHOF then injuries derailed that.
I disagree on Iggy though, he is a lock for the HHOF, if there is any argument against that I'd like to hear it. I know that you think he is a HHOF just not sure on why anyone would disagree.
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