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12-06-2012, 10:13 AM
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My point is you're using the amount of games he played for the Kings as a criterion of his qualification which ignored the fact that he had his career ended prematurely by a concussion.
I never put him in my top 10, but I don't see what the big deal is with him being an HM. He was a fan favorite, scored one of the most memorable playoff goals in Kings history, and has even had a "Deadmarsh Day" dedicated to him by the organization. Yes, he played more for Avalanche by far. Yes he has more history with Colorado, but it's not like he was a Modry out here.
I guess it depends on how many honorable mentions you give out.
I mean if we say honorable mentions are for guys who came close to the top 10, then no, Deader doesn't serve to be on there. He's not even close to the top 10. I wouldn't even put him top 20. If you're giving out honorable mentions to every player who may have tweeked someones heartstrings though, then yeah, he and about 50 others likely could get them.
Honorable mentions would go to guys like Simmer, and a Nordstrom and even a Hrudey likely, guys that had good runs as a King but just aren't quite top 10 worthy. Deader didn't even have a run as a King. 131 games (including playoffs) is not a run.
I agree if we start factor in what could been, then Deader likely is at least a very good honorable mention. But then so is Jason Allison who, stats wise, was a better King than Deader.
Deader gets mentioned for the warm fuzzy memories more than anything. That's not how you base your top 10 or your honorable mentions in my opinion. Why not just put in Chris Kontos too?
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