Is Eric Lindros hall of fame worthy?
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07-09-2013, 02:04 PM
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Missing games is going to count, sure, but it doesn't mean he wasn't utterly dominant when he played for a long time...and it certainly doesn't count as much as you think it does. Otherwise Bure wouldn't be in. Should we consider revoking Orr's HOF membership because he was injured often? No? That's because his injuries don't detract from his accomplishments or dominance much.
So if it doesn't count as much as I think it does, why isn't Lindros in? Like I said with Bure and Neely there are different arguments. With Bobby Orr, he he has a trophy case filled with awards and tons of records. With Lindros you have a guy who was dominant when playing for the first nine or so years of his career. He won an MVP award but that's the end of it. You also have a guy who was unable to stay healthy. You also have a guy who refused to play for the team that drafted him. You also have a guy who sat out a year because of a contract dispute.
You have to look at everything as a whole. Was he a generational talent? Absolutely. I would not and am not arguing that. He was a legendary talent. But he also was a lot of other things.
If there were an identical player who didn't miss games, sure. He should get in first. But, there isn't. There isn't really anyone waiting for the HOF who is like Lindros.
You don't just induct guys into the hall of fame because there is no one else around. And again, I am not saying you (or others) are wrong. This is purely an opinion question. I understand exactly what you are saying, I just don't agree with it. You don't think his injuries and off-ice issues should be considered or at least not be considered that much. I do. I think what I said earlier sums up my opinion pretty succinctly: a guy should get get into the HOF because he was one of the best players of all time, not because he could have been one of the best players of all time but wasn't because of injury.
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