And that play, which resulted in 625 goals and 1,641 points as well as pair of Stanley Cups, left no question that he would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. That came to fruition Tuesday as Sakic was the biggest name in the four-person Hockey Hall of Fame Class.
He was joined by Pavel Bure, Mats Sundin and Brett Hull's favorite St. Louis Blue in the world, Adam Oates. But it was those left off the list, particularly Brendan Shanahan as a player and Fred Shero and Pat Burns as builders, that garnered much of the media attention.
Brendan Shanahan also will have to wait. He found out that Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin received the HHOF nod on their first try on Tuesday. But we can't see Shanahan waiting as long as the six years that elapsed before Bure was called to the Hall or the five years that Oates endured.
When the announcements were made there was immediate anger from those who believe that the late NHL coaches Shero and Burns have waited far too long for their HHOF day in the sun.
After the jump, Mike Heika takes a stab at the Dallas Stars free agent priorities, yet more stuff on the Stars new draft picks and a great head of hair on a guy you might not expect.
- With the free agent period very nearly upon us, Mike Heika took on some of the most common fan questions in his weekly chat. We'll have plenty of analysis of our own in the coming days, but if you can't wait to get your fill of the suitability of Ryan Suter or the realism of getting Zach Parise, he's got you covered for today. [DallasNews.com/DallasNews.com]
- One of the shiny new Stars prospects has made a list of NHL "draft darlings," and it's not Radek Faksa. [The Hockey News]
- Speaking of that prospect, one Dmitry "Dima" Sinitsyn, he also has a heck of a personal story of how he got to hockey on this side of the Atlantic. Stick tap on this one to Huw, who dug this out of the UMass Lowell archives. [River Hawks Hockey]
- There are two pieces of intriguing Stars news in this piece about the Kitchner Rangers. The first is that undrafted defenseman Evan McEneny has been extended an invitation for the Stars upcoming prospect camp. The second is that the Stars have been in contact with the club to talk about the future of Faksa. You can take that as you will. [GuelphMercury.com]
- The "Steve Ott is available" rumor is definitely making the rounds, though it all stems from that original Pierre LeBrun article and not multiple-source reports. That said, this one at least identifies the correct origin of the tie to the Montreal Canadiens, which is that it was speculation from LeBrun that it would be a good fit for the Habs rather than him saying the teams were talking. [The Fourth Period]
- Adam Oates is not only set to join the Hockey Hall of Fame, he's also the new coach of the Washington Capitals. [Washington Post]
- Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan will test the free agent market this weekend, though it seems like it's less about finding a new team and more about trying to draw out the contract process to see if the Yotes can get that ownership mess settled. [TSN]
- If you want to know what to get me for Christmas or my birthday, or if you're just looking for the gift for the hockey player who seemingly has everything, might I present the Don Cherry jersey available for purchase. [Puck Daddy]
- Recent if not very active addition to Twitter and hockey operations man extraordinaire Stu Barnes (@Barnes_Stu) was once a shiny new draft pick with wonderful late 1980s hair.