The Canadian Press' Stephen Whyno, formerly of Philly Sports Daily, writes today that Lindros is deserving of being elected to the Hall of Fame. Whyno points out that Lindros forced other teams to construct their rosters based on how to stop him during his tenure with the Flyers.
Big E was not elected to the Hall of Fame this year but certainly boasts a Hall of Fame resume. Lindros became the Flyers captain in 1994 and was paired with Mikael Renberg and John LeClair on the Legion of Doom line. He took home the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 1995 and was selected as an All-Star seven times. Unfortunately, he cannot add "Hall of Famer" to that list. Lindros was not elected today to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his fourth year of eligibility.
Lindros is the fourth fastest player to 300 and 400 NHL points behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Peter Statsny. He was the fifth fastest players to 500 points behind Gretzky, Lemieux, Statsny, and Mike Bossy. Lindros posted 290 goals, 369 assists for 659 points in 486 games with the Flyers while averaging 1.36 points per game in the orange and black. He finished his NHL career with 372 goals, 493 assists for 865 points in 760 games (1.14 points per game).
It was remarkable the kind of player Lindros was as he defined "power forward." He stood 6'4" 240 lbs. in the center of the ice. His gritty style was a blessing and a curse as he suffered numerous concussions in his career which ultimately ended his career in 2007.
Whyno also mentions that former Flyer Jeremy Roenick is a borderline Hall of Famer as well. The 43 year old played with the Flyers from 2001-2004. He signed as a free agent in July 2001 and won the Bob Clarke Award as team MVP in 2002. He led the team with 46 assists and 67 points in 2001-02 then followed it up by the leading the team with 27 goals and 59 points in 2002-03. Arguably his best moment with the Flyers came in Game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he won it in overtime for the Flyers to eliminate Toronto.
I would love to see Lindros elected to the Hall of Fame. It is a shame that his Flyers tenure and career ended the way it did but that does not take away from his on-ice dominance. It might take a year or two more but I think that No. 88 gets the call eventually.
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