Salute to Ronnie Franchise

Constantly overshadowed by guys like Gretzky, Lemieux, and Messier in the era of great centres, Ron Francis seems destined to retire the same way - in the shadow of the Moose's retirement.

A lot of writers are calling Mess 'the most complete player since Howe.' By complete, I assume they mean a combination of skill and violence. Francis was a very complete player in his own right. Fourth in the all-time scoring list, he lays claim to a Selke trophy.

The TSN article states:

"...with Igor Larionov retiring in April 2004, that makes five shoo-ins with only a maximum of four players allowed to be inducted per year."

The other three shoo-ins are Stevens, MacInnis and Messier. What the author of the article fails to realize is that 2004 was last year, making Larionov eligible a year ahead of this bumper crop.


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