Dynastic Islanders deserve an unprecedented honor in the Hall of Fame


Please don't tell Denis Potvin that I said it, but No. 5 had a point on SNY on Friday night when he said the Islanders team, the early 1980s four Stanley Cups in a row and 19 consecutive playoffs, Series won, the Hockey Hall of Fame should be included in the team en masse.

Potvin was in the Colosseum – a sentence that starts like this just rolls off the tongue and the computer screen, doesn't it? – to celebrate John Tonelli's retirement in # 27 jersey, while the triple Norris winner will return to the building on February 29th to attend Butch Goring's retirement in # 91 jersey.

It was a time, and what a time it was when a couple of guys from Queens could have argued about this remarkable group of athletes and unprecedented organization, whose 19 wins in the playoffs from 1980 to the 1984 conference finale surpassed the previous mark of 18 founded by the NBA Boston Celtics from 1959 to the opening round of 1967 during their eight consecutive championships.

Potvin is in the Hall of Fame; also Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies; that's Billy Smith; so is the coach, Al Arbor; and the general manager, Bill Torrey. But that was it for the old gang. Goering and Tonelli are probably just an abbreviation, but if Dick Duff and Guy Carbonneau were included, # 91 (who wore # 21 during the run to the first cup) and # 27 deserve the second, third, and fourth look.

But there will be no Hall of Fame recognition for Bob Bourne, whose No. 14 would be the next to go to heaven if there is a next of this greatest generation, and there will be no Hall of Fame induction for Kenny Morrow or Dave Langevin or Anders Kallur. But these players should be widely recognized, all 16 who have played for all four champions.

Denis Potvin holds the NHL Stanley Cup in 1981.
Denis Potvin holds the NHL Stanley Cup in 1981.AP

The Hockey Hall of Fame has no category for teams. That should change. The U.S. Hockey of Hall of Fame has welcomed and welcomed four teams to its museum – the 1960s and 1980s men's gold medals, the 1996 men's World Cup team, and the 1998 women's gold medals.

There is no reason why the Hockey Hall of Fame shouldn't have its own category for the largest teams. Surely the five-time Canadians from 1956-60 (10 wins in the playoffs) and the Habs from 1976-79 (13 in the first round in 1980) are among the first such recognized NHL teams. The Oilers, who won four out of five trophies in the mid-1980s, would be honored. This also applies to the Red Wings teams, which took first place in the Original Six for seven seasons from 1948-49 to 1954-55 and in the meantime won four trophies.

The 1980 US Olympic team, of course, would have deserved to be included, as well as the Red Army teams that ran the world rough until they camped in Lake Placid and met their fate dictated by Herb Brooks and Mark this weekend 40 years ago Johnson and Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione and Mark Pavelich.

But the dynastic islanders would be the first. The dynastic islanders should come first. No team has ever played the game at such a high level for so long. No team has ever won 19 playoff rounds in a row. Potvin was right: The islanders from 1980-84 belong in the Hall of Fame.

By the way, if the islanders ever want to place number 16 in recognition of Pat LaFontaine, we at Slap Shots are good at it.

And since Goring and Tonelli both recognized, Brad Park and John MacLean remain the most obvious snubs in the area.

Park & ​​# 39; s argument for the retirement of # 2 in the garden has often been raised in this area, but MacLeans # 15 should have a place of honor in New Jersey, the winger second on the franchise goals scored (347), fourth on the templates (347). 354), second in points (701), fifth in games played (934) and scorer of one of the five most important goals in franchise history, the overtime winner at the 1987-88 final in Chicago, which drove the Devils into the playoffs for the first time ,

A very good deal for the Bruins, who brought a 24-year-old winger Ondrej Kase from the Ducks on Friday, maybe even Charlie Coyle-ish, but it's doubtful that Boston has finished holding its own in the eastern arms race as their direct competition in Tampa Bay after the addition of Blake Coleman through the flash.

You will of course recognize that the teams with the two best records in the NHL, Boston and Tampa Bay, are on the right track in the second round of playoffs because Sixth Avenue believes that the convenience of parenthesis presentation is the concept of Competitive integrity takes over.

Well, just seven more years until the Sabers signed this Jeff Skinner contract for $ 9 million. And this is the summer in Buffalo, where owners / senior management take a look at a possible boffo return for Jack Eichel, who has spent $ 10 million per contract for six years after the 23-year-old captain's sixth playoff failure will have? Admitted to the NHL in 2015 behind Connor McDavid? Or is the player requesting a move?

So, in New Jersey, how much of it was A) Cory Schneider; B) John Hynes; C) Taylor Hall?

Finally, again Jere-ME Roenick, another who just never understood it – not when he acted as an enemy within the 2004-05 lockout as an NHLPA union member, not when he got the NBC appearance, not as he posts on social media.