June 27 2012 05:47AM
This article originally appeared on CanucksArmy.com in November of 2011. With yesterday's news that Pavel will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this November, we figured it would be a worthwhile to re-post it. So enjoy reliving some of the Russian Rocket's greatest moments in a Vancouver Canucks sweater:
The 20th anniversary of Pavel Bure’s first game as a Canuck was this past Saturday. Trevor Linden may be the greatest Canuck of all time, but Pavel was the best. At his peak, he made you want to catch every second of Canucks games (sure would be nice to have him on the team nowadays for those Minnesota divisional games…). Throughout his career, he was the fastest and most powerful skater in the league. He had Sidney Crosby’s strength and Marian Gaborik’s acceleration (and then some), combined with Alex Ovechkin’s hunger for scoring goals.
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...
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.).
Read past the jump for the rest of the screed...
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:
Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.— theScoreTicker (@theScoreTicker) June 26, 2012
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.
Read past the jump.
June 26 2012 12:20PM
Reports are that Schultz wants to play in Canada. Hearing Vancouver.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) June 26, 2012
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.
Click past the jump for more.