BladesofSteel wrote:I lacked thought and recognition towards all he accomplished as a Canuck, due mainly to his unceremonious exit. I never cheered for him after he left, and didn't feel bad for all his injury woes. While he was the most exciting player, I thought he lacked character, and I didn't feel much desire to root for him anymore. It was also a very dark time, during the '97Quinn-Keenan-Burke'00 era, and his exit only iced (<-see wot) off an incredibly tumultuous downfall.
I was indifferent towards retiring his number, because of his overall lack of recognition of the Canucks, but moreover the fans. I realize its not his job to make public appearances, or give out some props, but again... that character thing. I don't blame him solely, as I know there are other parties involved at fault.
You have been misinformed my friend.
Pavel showed great character considering the way Canuck management totally shat upon him from the get-go!
1. Bure arrived in LA waiting to meet with the Canucks who left him sitting for weeks.
2. Bure was asked to pay $50,000 of his salary towards buying him out of his Russian contract
3. After winning the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year, the Canucks felt he needed to prove his value more before signing a new contract.
4. After agreeing to a contract of similar value to Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny, the Canucks pulled the rug out from under Bure by making the numbers in Canadian dollars instead of American dollars, a very uncommon practice.
5. Canucks refused to pay a signing bonus they owed him.
6. Broken promises about moving Pavel, and a handful of other instances destroying trust.
"But by far the most significant reason for wanting to leave came when, he said, somebody in Vancouver management made up a story that Bure threatened to withdraw his services during the '94 playoff run to the Cup final. While Bure would in no way even indicate whom he thought it might be, reason would indicate it was either then-acting assistant GM George McPhee or then-owner Arthur Griffiths. Quinn has indicated to some insiders he was led to believe Bure had threatened to withdraw his services by 'my guy' but now says privately and publicly it never happened."
“About two months later, when I was starting slowly, they (most likely McPhee) told me, `You were lucky to get 60 goals,' and that I would never do it again. They told me I'd be lucky to get 30 again. I told them, Forget about the contract, just trade me. You don't trust me, just trade me.”
Quinn has all but confirmed McPhee planted that character-assassinating LIE
in the media.
And Bure was thoroughly roasted for it...
Yeah, Quinn threatens Cherry for running with it after his own man McPhee planted it.