A Bure Brouhaha

Trevor Presiloski
June 26 2012 07:27PM

Silence speaks volumes.

That's how the old saying goes, and with the news coming out today that Pavel Bure is going to be a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, the Vancouver Canucks decision not to say anything for three and a half hours regarding Bure's induction is suspicious to say the least.

Especially since the Florida Panthers have been seemingly tweeting non-stop about the induction since it was announced.

Click past the jump for a look at the history between the Canucks, and their first real Hall of Famer...

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Deafening Silence: Canucks Fail to Congratulate Bure on HHOF Selection

Thomas Drance
June 26 2012 03:31PM

This is how a professional organization congratulates a former great.

We've now known for nearly three hours that Pavel Bure - after being snubbed 6 previous times - was selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Yet we've heard nothing, not a peep from Canucks.nhl.com, or the @VanCanucks Twitter feed, and fans in the digital space are outraged. (Update: The Canucks have issued a Press Release congratulating Pavel Bure, along with Mats Sundin. Here's the link. I stand by everything said in this article, this is a poor way to congratulate Bure, and I think the team whiffed big time on handling this appropriately.).

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Pavel Bure Joins Sundin, Sakic and Oates in 2012 HHOF Induction Class

Thomas Drance
June 26 2012 01:09PM

As first broken by the Score Ticker twitter account (tweet embedded below) - after six kicks at the can and six misses - former Canucks sniper Pavel "The Russian Rocket" Bure, one of the most electrifying players in NHL history, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year. He'll join Burnaby born Joe Sakic, former Vancouver Canucks power forward Mats Sundin and newly minted Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates in the 2012 induction class. That's some fine company to go in with!

Here's the tweet that first informed Canucks fans of the news:

It has since been confirmed by multiple sources that Pavel Bure is a 7th ballot Hall of Famer. Whatever the story behind Bure's previous snubs, this honour is long overdue and well deserved.

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Canucks Front Runners for Justin Schultz?

Thomas Drance
June 26 2012 12:20PM

Canucks fans have long believed that Justin Schultz is probably Vancouver bound.

The desires of Canucks fans, however, have to be taken with a heaping of sea salt: every B.C. born defenseman in recent memory has been rumoured to want - in their heart of hearts - to come home and help the Canucks win a Cup. From Hamhuis, to Garrison, to Weber: the sea-to-sky boners from this fan-base endure through all contrary evidence.

But with "Justin Schultz decision day" nearing - the notion that the Canucks are a front-runner for Schultz's services is beginning to crop up more and more from respected reporters, insiders and even other NHL teams - and not just among the most optimistic Canucks fans.

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Deal is Final: Arniel to Coach the Chicago Wolves

Thomas Drance
June 26 2012 11:37AM

Welcome back, Scotty.

The long rumoured deal between the Vancouver Canucks and former Manitoba Moose and Columbus Blue Jackets head-coach Scott Arniel has finally been consummated this morning. Scott Arniel will join the Canucks organization, and be the head-coach of the team's AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves next season. Here's the official press release introducing Scott Arniel from Canucks.nhl.com.

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