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Melrose: Hull is lock for Hockey Hall

Updated: October 16, 2005, 12:11 AM ET
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

The lockout has cost us another great veteran player. Scott Stevens, Mark Messier, Al MacInnis, and now Brett Hull.

No one player was hurt worse by the lockout than Hull. If there was a season in 2004-05, Hull would have passed Gordie Howe on the all-time scoring list. Hull leaves the NHL after 18 seasons with 741 goals, behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Howe (801), respectively.

It's hard for an older player to miss 18 months of hockey and then come back ready to play. Hull, ...

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