Found April 22, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
I try to monitor what time in a player's career he becomes a clear Hall of Famer.  At what point is he a Hall of Fame player regardless of what happens in the rest of his career?  I think Sergei Gonchar has passed that point. Gonchar has been one of the better defencemen in the league for well over a decade.  He has never been the best defenceman in the league but he was good enough to make the NHL Second Team All Star twice.  Had he been stronger defensively he probably would have been a Norris Trophy winner at some point.  His defensive play has improved over his career but it was a weakness fifteen years ago.  His career numbers have reached the point that they are clear Hall of Fame numbers and this is remarkable given the fact that he played in a relatively low scoring era with the loss of 1.5 seasons due to lockouts (and possibly the 1994 lockout as that shortened his rookie season).  In a different higher scoring era, a player of Gonchar's ability would have even mo...
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