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Dave Andreychuk denied again as Hockey Hall of Fame chooses four

Former Lightning center Dave Andreychuk, the all-time NHL leader in power-play goals and the captain of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup champion, was denied again Monday as four new members were chosen for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The waiting ended for Eric Lindros, Rogie Vachon and Sergei Makarov as they were elected as part of the class of 2016 along with the late coach and executive Pat Quinn.

Andreychuk, in his eighth year of eligibility, scored a record 274 power-play goals, and his 640 goals over 23 seasons ranks 14th all-time.

Lindros, whose career was shortened by concussions and other injuries, was passed over for the honor six previous times. But his Hart Trophy-winning season as NHL MVP with the Flyers in 1995, his 865 points in 760 games, and his overall dominance and international success ended up being too much to keep him out.

Lindros said he hadn't stopped smiling since getting the call from Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald while driving down the highway in Ontario.

"It was six years and it was a bit of time, but I guess you could turn around and say I'm in the Hall forever going forward," said Lindros, a former No. 1 overall draft pick who never won a Cup.

Makarov was more than a point-a-game scorer for the Soviet national team as part of the famed KLM line with Vladimir Krutov and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Igor Larionov. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year with Calgary in 1991 and put up 384 points in 424 games with the Flames, Sharks and Stars.

Vachon won the Vezina Trophy with the Canadiens in 1967-68 and was part of three Cup champions in Montreal. He went on to play with the Kings, Red Wings and Bruins and had 355 wins.

Because he has been eligible for three decades, Vachon said he stopped waiting for the call from the Hall of Fame. But the 70-year-old still remembered his first save.

"My first shot in the NHL was a breakaway from Gordie Howe from the blue line in," Vachon said of the Hall of Famer who died just two weeks ago. "I don't know if I closed my eyes when he shot, but I stopped him and that probably kept me in the league for 16 years."

Quinn led Lindros and Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics and coached the 1979-80 Flyers, who had a record 35-game unbeaten streak. He died in November 2014.

"He would be looking at the three player inductees today and say, 'How was I selected?' " daughter Kalli Quinn said. "This is icing on the cake."

Canadiens: Newly acquired center Andrew Shaw signed a six-year contract worth an average of $3.9 million per season, ESPN reported.

Predators: Forward Filip Forsberg signed a six-year, $36 million contract.

Red Wings: Forward Drew Miller re-signed on a one-year deal for $1.025 million.

Dave Andreychuk denied again as Hockey Hall of Fame chooses four 06/27/16 [Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2016 10:39pm]
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