Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/15/14

MONTREAL- FEBRUARY 24: Mats Sundin #13 of the Vancouver Canucks skates during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on February 24, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Canucks 3-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Can Vancouver forgive?

Over 40 plus years of their history, the Vancouver Canucks have had several good players but the pickings had been slim to none with regards to true Hall of Fame members.

Then, the big breaking news this week was the selection of two former Canucks as new entrants to the hall in super Swede Mats Sundin and the enigmatic Russian Pavel Bure.

Although both players count the Canucks on their playing resumes, a very faint percentage of Canucks fans would really count Sundin as a Canuck, while the vast majority of Vancouver fans remember the Bure who broke into the NHL and dominated it as a young Canucks phenom.

The Numbers

The Russian Rocket’s numbers were dizzying. He potted sixty goals twice in the regular season with Vancouver for an eventual tally of 254 markers with the team. He also carried the Canucks on his back, along with Trevor Linden and Kirk McLean, en route to the ’94 Stanley Cup Final.

His game winner in Game 7 of the first round against the Calgary Flames is still the most electrifying play in Vancouver history.

The Break-up

However, despite the thrill of Bure’s early NHL career on the west coast in BC, the cloud surrounding his abrupt departure from the team has still hung over the franchise for many supporters.

At the time of his decision, after the 1997-98 season, fans were stunned at the impending loss of their superstar.

I myself have only ever worn one Canucks player jersey. #10 Pavel Bure

The best explanation offered by his agent was that Bure felt alienated and demeaned by Canucks management.

Other postured theories surrounded injury inspired frustration, a desire to play in warm weather environs like Florida (where he ended up), and frustrations with life in Vancouver that supposedly lacked the glamor of bigger, brighter cities.

The betrayal felt by fans was loud and swift though following the July, 1998 announcement. Accusations flew incriminatingly at both sides.

The team took its fair share from those who felt that management was remiss in pleasing their star who had earned the right to special treatment.

However, the supporters bound by loyalty to the organization, and a perception that the multi-talented Bure was something of a cold fish in the personality department, were cemented in their disgust at his insulting request by the extended holdout that saw the Russian flee to the Panthers in January of 1999.

The present day

The passage of time has tempered those memories though for most fans. Tuesday’s pronouncement of the new Hall of Famer brought out a flood of responses on Twitter and radio call-in shows from those who could recall the astounding skills of the fleet Bure.

There was nary a negative comment to be found initially.

More posters and callers were upset with the fact that Bure’s #10 is yet to be retired by the team, unlike Smyl, Linden and Naslund.

Perhaps that forgiveness is yet to be experienced by the men in charge. (Note: Mike Gillis did also serve as one of the Russian’s agents).

I myself have only ever worn one team jersey emblazoned with a player’s name and it was that of the Russian deity.

Those fond teenage memories don’t fade easily.

1994 Playoff Goal vs. Calgary (YouTube Video)



CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSPORTSBEAT!

© C-Mac for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | One comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame, Canucks, Canucks Blog, Canucks blogs, Canucks headlines, Canucks History, Canucks news, CSKA, Hall of Fame, HHOF, Hockey Hall Of Fame, Igor Larionov, joe sakic, Mats Sundin, Pat Quinn, Pavel Bure, team russia, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Canucks Hockey Blog

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

49ers waive Jonathan Martin

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Russell Westbrook was very ‘confused’ by media after loss

NCAA 'concerned' over Indiana's 'religious freedom' bill

Report: James frustrated with Love’s inability to fit in

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Shane Victorino rips radio hosts for twisting Hamels trade talk

Jerry Jones on Greg Hardy: He's paid a 'terrific price'

Senators to fans: Stop throwing hamburgers on the ice

Revis: Patriots' offer 'wasn't in the ballpark' of what he wanted

Confirmed: Lionel Messi is not as tall as Gheorghe Muresan

Jags: Blake Bortles is 'everything we hoped for'

Alonzo Mourning confirms “Who wants to sex Mutombo?”

CC Sabathia attempting to get healthier by getting … fatter?

You can bid on Andrew McCutchen’s recently cut locks

Is Chuck Pagano receiving the Jim Harbaugh treatment?

Wideouts wearing out their welcome

Dean Smith willed $200 to each of his former players

10 best coaches who have never been to the Final Four

Five under-the-radar American League MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit Naseir Upshur’s girlfriend a letter

Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2015

Ranking the NFL’s biggest ongoing controversies

Randy Gregory tested positive for marijuana at NFL combine

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Agent: Sam was horrible at veteran combine

Keeping judo ‘pure’ in Europe means keeping MMA out

The Sweet 16 should be seen as success

On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

Sweet 16 West Region preview

Sweet 16 Midwest Region preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.