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Tom Barrasso may likely find himself inducted to the hallowed halls (and cramped if you've ever been there) of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  The HHOF released their list of eligible candidates this week and a few Penguins received consideration.

Certainly at the top of the list is sacred two-time cup-winning goalie Tom Barrasso.  His 369 career wins, 38 shutouts and record setting 48 career assists give him just as good a shot as anyone to receive this honor.  However, Tommy B was never a big guy with the media and may likely get relegated to another induction opportunity considering the company he shares on the list (ie. Andy Moog, Mike Vernon and John Vanbiesbrouk).

Also included for Hall of Fame contention is former Penguin Rick Tocchet.  Tocchet notched 440 goals and 512 assists over the course of his 18-year career, along with a cup win with the Pens.  Tocchet's post-hockey career found him in the coaching seat with good friend Wayne Gretzky, but also the subject of a two-year absence from hockey thanks in part to his involvement with the illegal gambling conspiracy known as Operation Slapshot.

Other notables forwards on the list include Pavel Bure, Doug Gilmour, Steve Larmer, Adam Oates, Pat Verbeek and Gary Unger.  Goaltenders include the likes of Ron Hextall, Felix Potvin, Mike Richter and the previously mentioned Moog, Vernon and Vanbiesbrouk.

Also, with the playoffs officially started on Wednesday, I've contacted a few representatives from Sens blogs on the net.  It's always fun to see what other fans think about their team.  There'll be a few links up later today focusing on some shared Q&A and other features with a few Ottawa blogs.  Until then, keep patient - game one is only a day away.


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