Some thoughts in the aftermath of Eric Lindros officially being enshrined in the Hall of Fame:
*Great night of hockey as Eric Lindros, Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov, and Pat Quinn were enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
*For Vachon, it’s a wait that went on for too long, someone who should’ve been in the Hall of Fame long ago. Josh Cooper summed it up perfectly on PuckDaddy on Monday.
*A good read by Joe McDonald on the wait for Vachon, which is finally over.
*As for Lindros, its the recognition of a career that was as great as it was complicated. It began with forcing a Quebec trade that left a bad taste in the mouths of many in the hockey world before becoming a legend in Philadelphia. He was a big, strong, heavy, physical player who, well, lived up to the hype for the most part but not nearly enough, given he was in the Gretzky/Messier/Orr/Lafleur pantheon as a teen, be it fair or not. No matter how you cut it, he belongs in Toronto.
*With that said, the fact Mark Recchi still remains a future Hall of Famer is asinine.
*An absolutely touching speech by Kalli Quinn, the daughter of late NHL coach Pat Quinn, who was posthumously enshrined in the Hall of Fame. One of the great hockey men gone too soon.
*Great news for hockey in Arizona as plans have been laid forward for a rink in Tempe on a joint venture between the Coyotes and Arizona State. The new facility would be much more accessible for the bulk of the Coyotes fanbase than the club’s current home in Glendale, which the ‘Yotes have called home since 2003. Hockey is booming in Arizona and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Game of the night Tuesday night
Tampa Bay at Detroit: Steven Stamkos makes his first visit to Detroit since the free agent sweepstakes for the superstar scorer had the Red Wings heavily involved. Of course, those sweepstakes quickly fizzled out with Stamkos remaining in Tampa Bay.
Hat Trick Pick
Steven Stamkos: He began the season with five goals in six games but has just three goals in nine games since. He’s due, right?