Hockey Hall adds four players; which Caps are worthy?

Hockey Hall adds four players; which Caps are worthy?
June 23, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Today the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Dominik Hasek will be its four newest inductees on Nov. 17, along with former referee Bill McCreary and the late coaching legend Pat Burns.

All six inductees are certainly worthy recipients and will join five former members of the Capitals – Rod Langway, Mike Gartner, Larry Murphy,  Scott Stevens and Adam Oates.

Which, of course, leads to this question:

Among the current and former Capitals, who most deserves to be enshrined in Toronto?

The easy answer is Alex Ovechkin, a four-time Rocket Richard trophy winner who would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer even if he never played another game for the Caps.

Ovechkin has done so much for the Capitals that it’s hard to imagine anyone else ever wearing his No. 8 jersey. Only Gartner [No. 11], Hunter [No. 32], Langway [No. 5] and Yvon Labre [No. 7] have had their numbers retired by the Capitals and of those four only Labre and Hunter are not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

If given a vote, which Capitals player, past or present, would you add? Here are some possible names:

Peter Bondra

No one in Capitals history has scored more goals 472 or recorded more points [825] than Bondra, although Ovechkin [422 goals, 814 points] is closing in on both marks. Bondra also holds the Caps record for short-handed goals [32] and game-winning goals [73]. But is he worthy of the Hall of Fame?

Calle Johansson

No one has played in more games for the Capitals than the Swedish defenseman, who dressed for 983 games and ranks first among Caps blue liners in just about every offensive category, including assists [361] and points [474].

Olie Kolzig

He ranks first among Caps goalies in games [711], wins [301], losses [293] and shutouts [35] and helped carry the Caps to their only appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. Does he belong?

Nicklas Backstrom

He’s only 26 and he’s already closing in on 500 NHL points [494] and ranks fifth on the club’s all-time list in assists with 367, behind only Hunter, Ovechkin, Gartner and Michal Pivonka.

Who do you think could or should end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and why?

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