Paul Kariya finally admits he wouldn't be in the Hall of fame without Selanne

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  1. authentic

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    In general not really, scored 76 goals in his rookie year then suffered leg injuries that already affected his skating before he joined Anaheim. Suffered more later in his career, then came back after 35 to be an elite player again for multiple seasons, one of which came at the age of 41.
     
  2. vadim sharifijanov

    vadim sharifijanov ugh

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    beside the point, and i don't want to dignify the OP with any positive reaction or agreement, but when the sedins say they couldn't have done it without burrows, it'll be 100% true. burrows did so much for them.
     
  3. DDRhockey

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    The leg injury came 10 years after his rookie season which was a bit of a fluke because of the high scoring.
     
  4. LeafsLegendAkiBerg

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    Damn, so all those "my linemate made a great play" answers in interviews were really just those players confessing their complete and utter ineptitude at hockey?
     
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    ****, finally!!
     
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  6. authentic

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    He also had injuries before he went to Anaheim, I remember clearly, you could look it up. Also he finished tied for 1st in the NHL in goals as a rookie. First.
     
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    Did Kariya defecate in your corn flakes this morning?
     
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    Great players make great players better. Who knew?
     
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    Another mulletman post and run.
     
  10. Uncle Leo

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    Worst thread of all time ?
     
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    I always thought Kariya was better and still do.
     
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    I personnally feel like they were the perfect fir for eachother. Both speedy, positive persons who became linemates and good friends. Good chemistry goes both ways. Selänne was the better scorer, butKariya did his part too. There is a chance Teemu wouldnt be there either without Paul.
     
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    Because kariya was better
     
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    Funny how the OP says "finally", as though this has been lingering over Kariya's head for years and years. He just found out he was getting into the HOF when, in June?

    What a ridiculous thread. Needless pot-stirring and nothing else.
     
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    Still amazing what Selanne did in the NHL without never really having a legit 1st line center(in a contender level team). I think his Olympic and World cup stats are great indication what he could have done with a legit center.
     
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    He was. Kariya was the better player.
     
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    Yup. He had serious achilles tendon injury in his sophomore season which slowed him down a bit. He also shattered his leg in Finland before coming to NHL in a potentially career ending way.
     
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    Eh, well at least Mulletman gets us all talking about great players... ;)


    Honestly, I think Paul Kariya could have made his way up to near generational status if not for his concussions. Guy had a crazy work ethic... pretty much willed himself to become better every year. He stagnated and was never the same after his 3rd concussion, that insane Suter crosscheck to the face. Got worse after the Stevens hit knocked him cold.

    Imagine if Crosby didn't have his extended break from hockey to address his concussion symptoms and furthermore played the rest of the game. Paul Kariya can't even remember anything from Game 6 or 7 of the 2003 Finals, or anything 2 days after. That's insane brain trauma, and it should have been a career death sentence for a cerebral player like Kariya. The fact that he still put up very good numbers for the remainder of his career is reason enough to be a HOFer.

     
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    Kariya was better in his prime.
     
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    Kariya is there based on his own merit. He's just humble.
     
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    Yzermen once said Toews is a better player than he is
     
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    In all fairness, some of the responses make them worthwhile!
     
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    Well there just might be some merit to this (as Kariya himself said). We at the history of hockey forum (we are old enough to actually see them play) voted Kariya as 38th best winger iirc. It's just at the cut of players who gets to Hall of Fame. (Selanne sitting comfortable at 15th). Now if he hadn't had Selanne boosting his numbers where would he have landed? 50th 45th? Not gonna get in then most likely.

    However it's an interesting topic. I think Kariya deserves the spot.
     
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    Hockey player gives credit to a teammate in his induction speech. Let's read into this.
     
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    What a stupid thread.

    Was Kariya really walking around the past x amount of years bragging he is better than Selanne?

    They both got in together, belong in there together, and are happy together.
     

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