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Niedermayer on Hall of Fame: “If it happens, it happens”

Nov 18, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

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After the 2012 Hall of Fame class induction wrapped up on Monday, the natural question pivoted to: who’s next?

Former New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer will be eligible for a possible first-ballot nod in 2013, and while many an induction is just a matter of time, he was very humble about the idea when asked by NHL.com.

“People bring it up to me. I try not to think about it. If it happens, it happens. I’ll deal with it then,” Niedermayer said. “It would be a heck of an honor. That type of thing is obviously out of my control. We’ll wait and see.”

His NHL resume alone is staggering: five All-Star nods, a Conn Smythe, one Norris Trophy and four Stanley Cup victories in 18 sterling seasons.

Sounds like a shoo-in, although he’s currently getting the third amount of votes from PHT readers – behind Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan – in an ongoing poll for potential 2013 inductees. (You can still vote here.)

With all that in mind, the modesty almost seems by-the-book, but Niedermayer indicates that’s just the way he works.

“That’s just my personality. I’m a guy who likes to go about my business and let things fall where they may,” Niedermayer said. “I think that’s how I played the game. Probably not going to change my stripes now that I’m not playing.”

  1. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    F. H: Good evening hockey fans from coast to coast, in Canada and around the world. This is Foster Hewitt live from the Gondola at Maple Leaf Garden. Today we officially elect id4joey as the most optimistic PHT commenter. Not to be confused with the impostor known as “ib4joey”. Id4joey, contrary to most commenters on PHT you have remained positive that a season there will be. Why?

    id4joey: thank you for choosing me, and for inviting me on Gondola. I suppose most commenters here are in their teens or are not very well educated. I believe the players will rather avoid losing a year’s salary. The value of franchises has gone up on average by 47% since the last lockout, this indicates to me that the owners can make up for a lost season.

    F.H.: Brilliant! We need to break now for a commercial from one of our sponsors, Esso. Any last words before we break?

    id4joey: yes! You need to have blomfeld on the Gondola one day with his impostor blomfelb. Blomfelb may enjoy a 20 second free fall to center ice. Finally, I would like to say the following. Good evening hockey fans from coast to coast, in Canada and around the world. This is id4joey live from the Gondola at Maple Leaf Garden reporting that there will be a season this year.

    F.H.: when?

    id4joey: you should ask mississippimudslinger?

    F.H. Mississippi wtf?

    • valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Id4joey I hope you will have Howie Meeker on in the second intermission or while they are scrapping mrs sip mud up off of center ice.

      • blomfeld - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        “back it up ! .. back it up ! .. back it up !” …

        Friends – Howie Meeker sure was the original Mister Video-Analysis Man eh ? And Foster Hewitt used to make me laugh with his funny “Anglo” pronunciation of Yvan Cournoyer (ie: “here comes “Canoyer” with the puck !”). Anyway, in addition to this mudslinger idiot, there are a number of other creeps here at this PHT website who I’d like to give flying lessons to out of a gondola ! :)

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