Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/15/12
The Best In another cold week without NHL hockey fans were able to celebrate something special as four legends of the game were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Adam Oates, Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic and Pavel Bure were all immortalized in the hall this past week, recognizing the careers of four special players who dazzled fans with their sublime skill sets. It was a reminder of a happier time for Canucks fans who remember the Russian Rocket’s blistering combination of speed and skill. There were harsh ups and downs during Bure’s career with the Canucks, but the talent evident in every highlight pack he stars in is undeniable. The debate over the retirement of Pavel Bure’s jersey as a Canuck is lengthy and controversial, but unless Gino Odjick knows something we don’t there seems to be little evidence Bure will be honoured by the club any time soon. The Russian Rocket may not fit the Canucks’ modern mold for an honorary athlete, but I wonder if a bitter lockout could bend the will of ownership in order to embrace a fan-friendly celebration once the conflict is over. Canucks & Fans remember Pavel Bure Schneider No Chicken Cory Schneider isn’t technically Vancouver’s starting goaltender just yet, but the young backup sure does have the confidence of a veteran starter when it comes to CBA negotiations. Schneider echoed the sentiment of Sidney Crosby regarding the battle over contract rights this week, standing firm on what the players say they are willing to fight for. “They got the cap and we got contracting rights,” Schneider told The Province. “For us, seven years later, to just go right back on those, means it was for nothing. Guys sat out a season of their careers for no real reason. Guys feel strongly about it.” Despite how much I like to disagree with Mark Recchi, I too believe the players’ position only worsens by the day. NHL owners simply don’t have as much to lose as many of the players whose careers could be in danger if even a single season is lost. Sidney Crosby and Cory Schneider both have bright futures in the game of hockey, but I fear others aren’t as determined to fight for their rights as the lockout begins to threaten the livelihood of lesser players. Cory Schneider has ruled out playing in Europe for now, but several other NHL players came to terms with teams overseas on Wednesday. Paul Stastny, Cam Fowler, Nicklas Grossman, Jason Chimera and Kevin Klein are all headed to Europe in a sudden exodus of talent that doesn’t reflect well on NHLPA solidarity. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Cavaliers showing trade interest in Kings’ Ben McLemore

Report: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

NFL owners reportedly concerned with Raiders-gang connections in LA

T'Wolves getting calls about Rubio ahead of trade deadline

Jarryd Hayne wants to return to NFL

Jones: I ‘scream in my pillow’ being at Super Bowl, not in it

Phil Jackson reportedly does not have opt-out until 2017

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

Franchise tag has been a useful tool for John Elway, Broncos

The 16 best NBA All-Star Game sneakers ever

Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Matt Barnes coyly denies IG post was shot at Derek Fisher

NHLers who should be dealt to contenders before deadline

Robert Kraft compares Tom Brady to Peyton, Eli Manning

WATCH: Markieff Morris appears to flip the bird to heckler

Prediction for each NBA award heading into the All-Star Break

Did Clippers reenact Paul Pierce stabbing during pregame intros?

Kobe Bryant gives LeBron James his game-worn Kobe 11s

Terrell Owens tells Skip Bayless to stop ‘misinforming’ people

8-year-old Panthers fan writes adorable letter to Cam Newton

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

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker