March 25, 2009
HHOF Worthy - Joe Sakic?
That should have been the first word in your mind after reading the above head line for this week's HHOF Worthy? feature.
Joe Sakic is an absolute, guaranteed, first ballot Hockey Hall of Famer. Two Stanley Cup championships. A Conn Smythe Trophy. A Hart Trophy. A Lester B. Pearson Award. A Lady Byng Trophy. Three first-team NHL All-Star honors. Twelve All-Star game appearances. Olympic, World Junior and World Championship gold medals. 625 goals, and 1641 points in 1378 games. 84 goals, 188 points in 172 playoff games.
And counting, maybe.
We all know Joe Sakic's terrible injury problems in the past couple of seasons. A debilitating back injury and weird snowblower accident have limited him to just 59 games in two seasons. He's back skating and hoping to finish off this season.
If the surgery does not relieve his pains, we could have seen the last of Joe Sakic. It is always a shame when one of the all time greats' careers is ended on anything but his own terms.
Hopefully Sakic can come back for his intended final season in 2010-11 and a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. But don't bet on it.