As expected, the 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame class has a Vancouver Canucks flavor. However, a couple of Americans remain snubbed, as does Theo Fleury, whose inexplicable exclusion from the Hall continues as the Hall of Fame filled its four annual spots with worthy candidates. Also as expected, Colorado Avalanche are being given credit for ushering in the “speed era” of the NHL, but Pittsburgh Penguins fans and this writer know differently. TSN looked at the shrewd movement at the NHL trade deadlines by Colorado and Tampa Bay, as we also looked at what the Penguins can learn from the Stanley Cup Final.
OK, first things first.
Theo Fleury had 1088 points (455-633-1088) in 1084 games and was a star in the 1990s, when obstruction made goals harder to score, especially by players who chose to skate. Henrik Sedin played mainly in the post-lockout era when there was a crackdown on obstruction. Sedin had 1070 points in 1330 games. Of course, the Sedins never won the Stanley Cup, so a championship argument cannot be made, either.
Jeremy Roenick had 1216 points in 1363 games. Keith Tkachuk, the premier power forward in the league, had 1065 points in 1201 games.
Perception is everything, eh?
Florida Hockey Now: Roberto Luongo is not only a Canucks stalwart (and contract albatross) but a Florida Panthers legend. Roberto Luongo was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Florida Panthers are beaming.
Vancouver Hockey Now: The Sedins are IN! Vancouver Canucks royalty.
ESPN: The complete 2022 Hockey Hall of Fame Class, including (finally) Daniel Alfredsson.
Detroit: Perhaps the most significant omission due to space was Henrik Zetterberg. He did not get in, either. Detroit Red Wings snub.
Without a 2021 class (COVID), the Hall should have entered eight players, not four. And I certainly would have put Zetterberg in the Hall over Henrik.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Final Stanley Cup thoughts, and what can the Penguins learn from the Stanley Cup Final? Fortunately, the Penguins know most of what they should…and they should also be given credit for shoving the NHL into this new “speed era.” It was Colorado Avalanche who were trying to catch the Pittsburgh Penguins.
PHN+: For our subscribers, Dave Molinari looked at the Penguins’ efforts to trade high draft picks for veteran players and what became of those draft picks. Warning–Tyler Bertuzzi and Mathew Barzal show up on this list, but also a bunch of players you’ve never heard of before. A great look at the rewards and risks. Penguins trades.
NHL News & National Hockey Now:
Sportsnet: The national folks may have forgotten that the league began chasing the Penguins. Colorado is being given credit for reinventing the game. See if you agree with me or Sportsnet.
TSN: Smart trades at the NHL trade deadline and beyond. Both Colorado and Tampa Bay made a bunch of good trades. That’s one lesson to learn from the Cup Final, writes TSN.
Philly: The Flyers sank like a rock in the Delaware. Colorado quickly rose from the worst team in the NHL to contenders to Stanley Cup champs. Sam Carchidi writes–and that’s how it is done. Philadelphia Flyers analysis.
Boston: Fortunately, Marc Savard emerged on the other side of his years-long battle with post-concussion syndrome. Now he’s getting calls to be an NHL head coach. The former Boston Bruins center is doing well.
Colorado: It’s kind of a big deal. Game recognizes game. Bobby Orr tweeted congrats to Cale Makar.
And here are the parade details. The party could have a different vibe than past parades, but it should be a doozy nonetheless. Colorado Avalanche parade.