Why Philadelphia Flyers Legend Eric Lindros Deserves Spot in Hockey Hall of Fame

November 22nd, 2012 by Erik Cotton Leave a reply »
As another class of players were recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, many fans wondered why former Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros wasn't in the group.  Is it because he was as divisive a player as the NHL's seen in its history?  And does he really deserve to be enshrined with all the other greats of the game?

Love him or hate him, there's no arguing that Lindros was one of the best players of his generation, and he should be honored as such.

No player has ever begun their career with as much hype but also as much controversy. 

He angered a lot of hockey purists by refusing to play for the Quebec Nordiques after they selected him No. 1 overall in the 1991 NHL entry draft. 

Ironically, though, his eventual trade to Philly solidified Quebec's lineup for years to come.  It allowed them (albeit as the Colorado Avalanche) to win a Cup in 1996.  Peter Forsberg, whose rights were acquired in the Lindros deal, was integral to that championship run.

Is Lindros the only athlete to force his way out of a situation he didn't want to be in?  Of course not. 
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