No matter how you feel about him as a person or how it ended you cannot deny that as far as pure hockey talent the Canucks have never seen someone so good....he was on par with Gretzky, Orr and Mario....selfish and ecentric personality and an injury shorted career....but well deserved....
Still have no idea how Naslund's 19 is up in the rafters before 10..or why it's even there at all. But 10 belongs up there and should've been done long ago.
On a side note, when thinking about whether Bure belongs in the HOF my simple answer to that was if Lindros goes in Bure goes in, and vice versa. Now that Pavel is in, get 88 in there asap. I don't care how unliked he is..he belongs, definitely now.
donlever wrote:Pavel was part of a great period of time in Canucks hockey. I still remember Bures first game versus the Jets.
Something I will never ever forget. Not only was there an air of excitement that night, something we've never seen, there was this overwhelming feeling in the building, something indescribable..we all felt it..it was like a huge black cloud over the franchise had finally been lifted and a new era was upon us. We finally got a superstar..a real superstar, something we've never had and waited seemingly forever for. And man did he deliver from that point forward. For seven years I couldn't miss a second of Canucks hockey knowing Pavel was playing because if you did, there's a good chance you'd miss something you just don't see from a human. He may not be the best player of all time but to this day nobody past or present had the combination of puck wizardry and ability to do it at superhuman speed the way Pavel played.
Just wish his story here ended a whole lot differently than it did but I'm still grateful for the memories.
Well deserved. I was actually surprised to read in the TSN article that it was his sixth year of eligibility. As far as I see it's a crying shame that it took this long. How Sundin is a 1st ballot hall-of-famer is beyond me. I guess durability and consistency were the key criteria in that case but there's absolutely no comparison between the ability of the two players. To me Sundin belongs in the category of a Naslund, with Nazzy being a better player in his prime but Sundin being consistently good for a for longer period. No matter how you slice it, Bure was on another level and should have been inducted into the HOF much earlier.