Love how the $20 million dollar Mats Sundin shares the HHOF inductee news release/feature with Pavel on the Canucks home page.
Gillis shovels $20 million at Mats,he plays half a season,comes in out of shape but shares the spotlight with Pavel on Pavel's biggest hockey day.
Go to the Canucks 'All Time Players' regarding Pavel-no news,no notes,no features,no bio,no photo,no nothing.Squat.
Go to the Canucks 'All Time Players' regarding Mats -two pictures for his 9 goals in a Canucks uniform.
The Canucks list his playoff accomplishments as a Canuck and there are twenty-seven(27) videos and fifteen (15)'features' on the legendary Canuck,Mats Sundin:
Four time Vancouver Canuck Molson Cup winner
Three time Vancouver Canuck MVP-Cyclone Taylor winner
Four time Vancouver Canuck leading scorer-Cyrus H. McLean winner
Five time Vancouver Canuck 'Most Exciting Player' winner
Most points record as a Canucks rookie
Calder Memorial Trophy (1992)
NHL First All-Star Team (1994)
Best Forward at Olympic Games (1998)
NHL Second All-Star Team (2000, 2001)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (2000, 2001)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001)
Pavel should be honored in statue form on the grounds of Rogers,for saving the franchise and keeping the Canucks in Vancouver.
Nothing else would entice Pavel back here and the honor is fitting,while not sticking it to the corporate suits that have left Pavel without honor or distinction,despite saving their corporate bacon.
Although he may not come to unveil the statue,the Canucks org will have honored him and the fans will accept that past performance may not be indicative of what we can expect going forward.
The Canucks organisation have LONG held this position against Pavel ,disaffecting their best player ever and their fans long enough.
If the corporate suit attitude and denial transforms one day and they begin actually honoring fans and their most beloved players over their troglodytic mindset,perhaps the big drought will end,as well.
The red bold part has nothing to do with the Canucks. Should we retire Cooke's, Ruutu's, and Mitchells numbers because they won the cup for other teams? No. Players get their numbers retired for their accomplishments and length of service with that particular franchise and it's community. Not what they did for other teams. All three numbers that have been retired have a common thread. Long time players, long time leaders, and very involved with the community. Retiring Bure's number here would be lowering the bar as far as I'm concerned.
Bure was a great talent and he deserves to be in the HHoF. But he wasn't here long enough nor had enough accomplishments to deserve his number retired. Add in the way he left the franchise and that just downgrades him further from a number retirement. Ring of honor? Sure. Number retirement? Nope. Statue? Give him a bobble head and we'll call it even.
The HHoF embodies a players entire hockey career. Both NHL and international regardless of the teams he played for. It has nothing to do with an individual franchise. Bure has what he deserves.