Lindros, Recchi await Hall of Fame announcement

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Eric Lindros of the Philadelphia Flyers warms up before playing against the New York Rangers during the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on Dec. 31, 2011, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Former Flyers forwards Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and Jeremy Roenick, along with one of the franchise's ex-coaches, Pat Quinn, could be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon.

Out of that group, Lindros, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder who redefined the power-forward position, appears to have the best chance in what is considered a weak class of first-time nominees. Lindros has been waiting six years to get into the Hall, and the timing may be right.

Once the NHL's most dominating player because of his size and talent, Lindros won one Hart Trophy as the league's MVP and finished in the top 10 five times - once more than 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Peter Forsberg.

Lindros, whose Flyers career was interrupted by six concussions, finished with 865 points and 372 goals in 760 games. The one knock against Lindros: He was able to play 70 or more games in a season only four times in his 13-year career with the Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto and Dallas.

While with the Flyers, Lindros had a tumultuous relationship with then-general manager Bob Clarke. Clarke is now on the Hall of Fame's selection committee and is a Lindros supporter.

The durable Recchi spent parts of 10 seasons with the Flyers and won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (1991), Carolina (2006) and Boston (2011). He played 22 seasons, amassing 1,533 points (12th all time) and 577 goals in 1,652 games.

Will that be enough for Recchi to receive the needed 75 percent of the vote from an 18-person Hall of Fame committee? Perhaps.

Roenick, one of the faces of American hockey for a generation, finished with 513 goals and 1,216 points in 1,363 games and is viewed as a Hall of Fame long shot.

Quinn, who died in 2014 at age 71, directed the Flyers to their record 35-game unbeaten streak in 1979-80 and guided Team Canada to an Olympic gold medal in 2002.

"Next to Fred Shero, Pat was the best coach who ever coached here," Clarke, who played for Quinn during the amazing 35-game streak, said after his death. "He changed the way the game was played in those days. . . . Pat was the first NHL coach who brought the wingers off the boards and had them swinging across the ice, which was much more movement for the forwards."

Quinn coached the Flyers from 1978-79 to 1981-82 and compiled a 141-73-48 record. He coached for 15 NHL seasons, won two coach-of-the-year awards, and led the 1980 Flyers and 1994 Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Hall-of-Fame induction ceremonies will be Nov. 14 in Toronto.

Breakaways

Teams must decide which of their restricted free agents will receive qualifying offers by 5 p.m. Monday. The Flyers' restricted free agents of note: Brayden Schenn, Nick Cousins, Brandon Manning, Jordan Weal, and Petr Straka. . . . Fast-emerging right winger Wade Allison, the 6-2, 205-pound forward who was drafted by the Flyers in the second round (No. 52 overall) Saturday, said he tries to model his game after Troy Brouwer and Jeff Carter. . . . Brouwer, a physical 6-3, 212-pound right winger, will be one of the players on the Flyers' radar when teams can sign free agents Friday. . . . The Flyers signed defenseman Mark Alt to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $625,000 in the NHL or $100,000 with the Phantoms. . . . Because of a contractual obligation with Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, it is doubtful that first-round pick German Rubtsov will attend the Flyers' developmental camp next month in Voorhees, general manager Ron Hextall said.

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