NHL: Chris Osgood and 5 Borderline Hall of Famers

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NHL: Chris Osgood and 5 Borderline Hall of Famers
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Debate will rage for the next several years over Chris Osgood's Hall worthiness.

Each June, a small group of players are chosen behind closed doors to be enshrined forever in the Hockey Hall of Fame. And each summer the media is left astounded by some of the names left out of the mix.

2011's class was no different.

Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk all capped off marvelous pro hockey careers by being accepted into the Hall by the 18-member selection committee. The voters righted two long-time wrongs by passing Gilmour and Howe into the Hall, and rightfully wasted no time getting Belfour and Nieuwendyk in.

Yet year after year, pundits are left unsatisfied.

This summer also saw veteran goaltender Chris Osgood retire from the game. Within hours of the announcement, a multitude of hockey websites had op-ed articles on the subject of his Hall of Fame worthiness (or unworthiness). 

Arguably, and somewhat ironically, this may be the first time that Osgood's name was the center of attention. But don't look for that to change over the next three years. 2014 will be an interesting year to say the least, and once again the op-eds will litter the blogsphere.

Is Chris Osgood a Hall of Famer or isn't he?

But he isn't the only borderline candidate.

There are several other players that come to mind when thinking about Hall worthiness or unworthiness. 

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