Bourque was a better all-round defenseman, but Coffey was the guy who made the price of admission worthwhile with those end to end rushes and that effortless skating. Also, Bourque should have turned over the Calder trophy to Gretzky in 1980-everyone knew the NHL was getting one last dig in at the WHA.
Glenn is 5th in all-time playoff goal scoring (93), 4th in all time playoff points scoring (214), and 2nd in all-time playoff ot goals (5). No active player is within miles of any of these records except Joe Sakic (4 ot goals after the 2002 season).
It's tough for the league to induct more than one Oiler per year but there's no doubt in my mind that Glenn will eventually make it based on his exceptional playoff career.
Anderson has been passed over more than a few times now.
Some see the 500 goal mark as a barrier for the Hall. Andy had 498. But you cannot ignore his 93 playoff goals, penchant for scoring GWGs and 6 Stanley Cups.
He has been screwed thus far. The Rocket had 83 playoff goals, the Golden Jet had 62...and so on. Anderson deserves to be in.
The Oilers of the 80s era that are in: Gretzky, Kurri, Fuhr and Coffey, plus Sather in the Builder category
Guys that will also get in: Messier, Anderson, and Lowe.
Honorable mention: Ranford (he was just too injury prone after his great 90' campaign and the 91' Canada Cup MVP performance)
Good for Paul Coffey. Watching him skate for the Oilers was one of the real pleasures of being a fan, absolutely beautiful skater. I remember his interview with Tim Dancy (I think it was him) on the ITV broadcasts and he'd had some troubles in his own end.
He went on and on about how he now understood he was supposed to be a "defensive defenseman" from now on. Oh those rookies!!
Anyway, great news for Coffey, and I'm sure Anderson and Lowe will eventually get there. I hope Brian Propp makes it too, although he's certainly not overqualified (just one of my favourites).
Congratulations to Paul Coffey. He was an amazing player to watch with effortless skating and great passing. Well deserved place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
I still think there are a couple more players to follow. Glenn Anderson's clutch playoff results and regular season point totals should be good enough to get in. He was a great money player when it counted. And Kevin Lowe, point totals does not always show the measure of a player's contribution. K-Lowe emerged as a leader early on his career and was a defining member in spilling blood and sweat to capture six Stanley Cups. He's gotta get in based on these intangibles and results.
Congratulations to Ray Bourque and others. This is the ultimate achievement for their life's work.