Gretzky is The Great One. But some of us think Bobby Orr was better.
So maybe he’s the greatest forward ever. But then there’s Gordie Howe.
So maybe he’s the greatest centre ever. But then some people think Lemieux is.
For this episode, we spend it talking entirely about how incredible Gretzky was.
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Brad Richards has a Conn Smythe, two Cups, a World Cup and had a couple pretty good regular seasons.
But his regular season numbers are pretty inconsistent. And he was never considered one of the top players in the league.
So, does he belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? Listen to us talk about him here:
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Mike Gartner retired with the 5th most Goals of All Time. Yet he was never a star player and is derided in some corners of the internet as a “compiler”, i.e. a guy who was just very good and very healthy.
Does Mike Gartner actually belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Listen to us discuss his case here:
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Or, rather, is Jari Kurri the Greatest Finnish Hockey Player of All Time?
Kurri was a huge offensive star in the ’80s but, of course, he was playing on the wing of the greatest offensive hockey player the world has ever seen.
Listen to us talk about Kurri’s place in history here:
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Some people believe Pat LaFontaine is the Greatest American Hockey Player of All Time. (The A-GOAT? The GAOAT?) This is despite an injury-shortened career and no Stanley Cups.
Does this claim hold up to scrutiny?
Listen to us talk about LaFontaine here:
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Never a top offensive player in the league, Dick Duff was inducted into the Hall of Fame 34 years after retired.
In the latest episode of our podcast, we ask why Dick Duff was inducted at all, why he was inducted when he was, and whether or not his induction sets a dangerous precedent for the Hall of Fame.
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Why are we even writing about Matt Cullen? Obviously he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, right?
Well, he’s 20th All Time in NHL Games Played. And he has 3 Stanley Cups at a time when that’s pretty rare.
So, the question is, are the standards so low now that he might make it in?
Listen to us talk about Matt Cullen’s (lack of a) Hall of Fame case here:
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Normally with our subject lines we ask “Does so and so belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame”? But, with Kevin Lowe, it’s hard to ask that question seriously even though he’s been inducted.
And that’s because, as you’ll see below, Kevin Lowe’s case for Hall of Fame induction rests on one thing and one thing alone: he won some Cups.
So listen to us rant about Kevin Lowe in this episode of our podcast:
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The narrative is that Mark Messier is the Greatest Leader/Captain in NHL history, probably hockey history and (depending upon who you talk to) maybe even in pro sports history.
So the question isn’t whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame, but how good he was. And do his “intangibles” make up for never being a top offensive player ever during the course of his career?
Listen to us talk bout Mark Messier:
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Anders Hedberg’s Hall of Fame case is very similar to that of his countryman’s,
Ulf Nilsson. Both came to North America at the same time. Both dominated the WHA and won Avo Cups. And then they left the Jets together for the Rangers, where they had some team success and less individual success. (And lots of injury problems.)
Are his WHA numbers enough?
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