Some facts (and opinion):Bure made a bigger difference in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.
Considering Bure had 8 points in the Stanley Cup Final, including an assist in Game 7, he would have been fairly useful in the Finals. He came up big in Game 5 with a three-point effort, scoring two goals in New York to keep the Canucks from being eliminated. He had at least a point in every game except Game 2. When Messier was about to steal Game 5 from the Canucks, Pavel fired back with two goals to regain the lead for Vancouver.
Much to my surprise as I looked back, Trevor didn't do anything in the series until Game 7. He went pointless in Games 1, 2, 3, and 5. He only had an assist in each of Games 4 and 6. Ultimately, he had 2 points going in to Game 7.
You can check out the box scores here:http://www.hockey-re...1994_games.html
As we all recall, Bure also helped the Canucks move past the first round that year with the Game 7 overtime goal against Calgary. That year, he scored 60 goals in the regular season, and led the team in playoff scoring with 31 points in 25 playoff games.
Trevor and Pavel were both clutch, but Pavel had more firepower and could overwhelm the opponent with speed and aggressive offense. Against a goaltender like Tim Thomas, Pavel could have made a few moves and skated around him, or at least beaten everyone else to his rebounds.
Bure was widely considered a Conn Smythe finalist for the Canucks in 1994. He would have given everything he had to win the Stanley Cup if he had played in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. While we all appreciate Trevor for his personality, character, and leadership, Pavel would have put that 2011 team over the edge.
Pavel had more heart than fans tend to believe. He cared about this team and wanted to help this team achieve success, but he felt mistreated by the organization and Pat Quinn. We can all blame Quinn for chasing him out of the city.
Edited by WeatherWise, 17 May 2012 - 03:57 PM.
The greatest segue into a weather segment.