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Eric Lindros and Pat Burns among notable Hall of Fame snubs … again

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The late coach Pat Burns deserves to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

If three Jack Adams Awards and a Stanley Cup can’t get Pat Burns into the Hall, what will? (Lou Capozzola/SI)

By Allan Muir

The Hall of Fame selection committee voted in five new members to join the game’s greatest legends on Tuesday and did as well as it has done in years. After honoring a stream of marginal players like Bernie Federko, Leo Boivin and Dick Duff, the 2013 class of Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero deserve all the accolades coming their way.

MUIR: Saluting the Class of 2013

But as good as this group was, there’s plenty of room for debate because of who didn’t make the cut.

Again, nothing wrong with the Shero nod, but the Pat Burns snub in the Builder category has gotten past the point of reason. Forget that the committee had a chance to do the right thing and induct him just before he died of cancer three years ago — that refusal may have been the its self-important way of saying it wouldn’t be influenced by the massive social effort aimed at pressuring it to induct Burns while he was still alive. But it’s been three years now. Three years. Whichever voters the admittedly brusque ex-cop offended along the way need to step back and recognize the greatness of the only three-time Jack Adams winner in NHL history, a man who guided the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003 and who won 501 games during his 14-season career.

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  • Published On Jul 09, 2013
  • Top Line: Hall of Fame debate; NHL free agency scraps; more links

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    Scott Niedermayer is likely to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

    Defenseman Scott Niedermayer looks like the lone shoo-in for the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. (Kyle Ericson/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    James Mirtle examines the field for this year’s Hall of Fame class. He hits most of the potential honorees, but overlooks one I think should be a no-brainer.

    Two ex-Red Wings should earn admission to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. And I’m right there with Helene St. James on pick No. 4.

    • Look, we get it. The Senators are still curled up in the corner, eating Ben & Jerry’s by the pint and listening to Taylor Swift songs after being dumped by Daniel Alfredsson. But this is freaking ridiculous.

    • So maybe Mark Messier wasn’t kidding when he said he had good reasons for leaving the New York Rangers.

    • Here’s an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities expected to come with the move of the New York Islanders to Brooklyn.

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  • Published On Jul 09, 2013
  • Top Line: Free agent bargain shopping; Lindros in Hall of Fame?; more links

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    NHL free agent Jaromir Jagr would be a good fit on the Ottawa Senators

    Jaromir Jagr is one of the few names left in a shrinking free agent pool. (Dave Sandford/Sports Illustrated)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Have you ever tried shopping for one of the hottest toys on the night before Christmas and ended up settling for something else because that’s all that was left on the shelves? Yeah, that’s the feeling of futility that GMs are facing as they sort through the scraps of free agency.

    • There’s one name player still out there for the taking and he would be perfect for the Ottawa Senators.

    • “A lot of players have done really well so far,” says one player on the early free-agency spending spree.

    • Amnesty buyouts were the best thing to happen to this year’s crop of free agents. Don’t forget, buyouts will be available next year, too.

    • The Hall of Fame selection committee meets on Tuesday, and the worthiness of Eric Lindros is sure to be the most contentious debate. No argument here. He’s a HOFer in my book.

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  • Published On Jul 08, 2013
  • Must-See Video: Hockey Night In Canada Footsteps montage

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    By Allan Muir

    If you’re not Canadian, here’s something you should probably know about us: We mythologize the hell out of hockey. Give us half an opening and we’ll go on and on about frozen ponds and flipping O-Pee-Chee cards, our street hockey impersonations and trying to listen to the end of Hockey Night In Canada after our parents had sent us to bed. For generations, it’s been our common language.

    HNIC captured all that beautifully on this week’s 60th anniversary montage, “Footsteps,” narrated by author Dave Bidini, with Michael Buble, Jay Baruchel and Gord Downie, among others, sharing their memories of hockey and the show. Best part: Eric Lindros and the towels. What kid didn’t imagine the day he’d finally get to drape one of those over his shoulders?

    The best montage yet? Check it out for yourself:


  • Published On Feb 02, 2013


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