Grabbed this from The Hockey News:
The Hockey News’s Brian Costello believes that Los Angeles Kings forward Luc Robitaille may have a tough slough in terms of joining Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman, former Wing Brett Hull, and New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch as the four players inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame for 2009:
The fourth opening is the one that will spark plenty of dialogue. The other first-time candidates (retired three years from hockey) are Luc Robitaille, Alexander Mogilny and Dave Andreychuk.
At first glance, Robitaille is considered an automatic as well – and by all rights he should be the fourth inductee this year. He’s the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history, 10th on the all-time list in goals (668) and 20th in points (1,394). He won a Stanley Cup, a Calder Trophy and was a first- or second-team all-star eight times.
The only thing that might hold Robitaille back is the fact both Mogilny and Andreychuk are excellent candidates as well. It all depends on the opinions of the 18 committee members, 14 of which must grant approval.
Mogilny scored 473 goals, 1,032 points, won a Cup and was a second-team all-star twice. He was one of the game’s most creative minds and a brilliant skater and he was a pioneer in his defection from the Soviet Union in 1989. Andreychuk also won a Stanley Cup, is 13th all-time in goals (640), 26th in points (1,338) and is the game’s all-time leader in power play goals (274).
Robitaille’s in, no question, but former Red Wings like Dino Ciccarelli and Mike Vernon will have to wait another year or three to earn their place in the Hockey Hall.
For the first-timers who don’t get inducted this year, they go into a pool of players who have been turned down before. That list includes the likes of Pavel Bure, Doug Gilmour, Adam Oates, Dino Ciccarelli, Phil Housley, Tom Barrasso, Mike Richter, Guy Carbonneau, Esa Tikkanen, Sergei Makarov, Mike Vernon, Claude Lemieux and Dale Hunter, to name several.
Long story/press release type dealio on the Rangers’ scouts’ readiness for Friday. Check it out if you can handle the link.