Pavel Bure. Russian Rocket. Scorer on-ice and off. Russian mob connections (rumored–Al Strachan has connections everywhere) and the fastest man on ice.
He was a beauty player. For those who don’t remember Yvan Cournoyer, Bure was a bigger, stronger version of the Roadrunner. The man could fly. Remember than Robert Nilsson goal the other night? Bure would have scored the goal 5 seconds earlier than Nilsson. He was a freaking bullet.
The Canucks always seem to have soap opera’s around their best players. It doesn’t matter who is at fault, whether it’s Pavel Bure or Todd Bertuzzi or (now) the Sedin’s who apparently cost too much (who RUNS this team?) moving forward, it’s always something.
And like the real Russians, if you leave Vancouver under a cloud they pull down your statue and change the name of the town lickety-split. As a for instance, do you believe the Canucks will one day honor Bure (or Naslund) the way Edmonton honored Grant Fuhr?
Exactly. The Canucks as an organization are the hall monitor, the assistant manager at Wendy’s, the guy who used to close Consumers Distributing at 8:50PM instead of 9 so he could get out the back door early (I have experience in this area but was not in fact the actual manager. It involves trying to buy a television in Red Deer on a Friday night in 1983 and the sorriest excuse for a retail man in history. Give me the damn television you lazy ass! I’m STILL mad about it!) and have a nice evening.
I get the feeling the Canucks as an organization have finally grown up. They’ve hired a brand new saviour (the GM in Vancouver has exceptional fame in the town) and the team has oodles of talent. And as with all runs that have sustain, they seem to be pulling scoring wingers and good defensemen out of various parts of the body that do not (in a normal year) contain such riches.
Good for them. I know many long suffering Canuck fans who seemed to be on the edge of a dream before a Jovo dumbkoff penalty or Bertuzzi the Brave decided to alter time and space. Perhaps no fan group in the NHL deserves a Stanley Cup more than Vancouver.
And you know what? They might just do it.
Knowing the Edmonton Oilers management group our team probably held an on-ice workout at midnight without lights so the NHLPA couldn’t call it official. Boxing day games usually feature listless players and the hot goalie often carries the day.
There’s very little to go on in terms of predicting the outcome. Ethan Moreau didn’t break his hand which means he’ll only be out until Canada Day. Fernando Pisani is a month away, and this team needs W’s like flowers need the rain.