Is length of career a legitimate obstacle when it comes to the the HoF?
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12-04-2012, 08:20 AM
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Comes down to why longevity is lacking.
Hockey related injuries or death that shorten a career will see players get inducted - Gardiner, Orr, Neely, Bure just a short list.
Longevity that is lacking due to performance is another issue. Tim Thomas has to overcome questions about why he couldn't make the NHL earlier. Others that start well then slowdown have to answer the why question if injury is not a factor.
This is the most important factor IMO when considering guys with shortened careers.
Thomas is going to be judged only on his NHL career as well, his exploits in Europe don't mean very much, especially given that most players in those countries aren't the cream of the crop for their host countries anymore.
To put it bluntly Thomas has some icing but his cake is really weak and the lockout isn't helping his case.
He has about zero chance of getting into the Hall IMO unless he comes back and wins another 2 plus major trophies and has another 2 seasons close to 11 which seems extremely unlikely at this point .
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