I think you're looking at the numbers too much, Baggins. I believe that a candidate is worthy of their jersey retirement based on the impact they had on a team, whatever that may have been. Bure had a significant impact on this team/city, in that he brought a new level of excitement to the game. Anyone who remembers watching him play realizes that he was like no other in how he made you hold your breath every time he was on the ice. Kids idolized him and everyone wanted his jersey/autograph, etc. There was a reason for that and, to this day, people who watched him still hold onto the excitement of that. It was something different.
I don't think there has to be a comparison to others because, quite frankly, I think each consideration for jersey retirement can be based on different reasoning - with the conclusion being the same in that this person can be forever identified with their number.
Hes spanking the numbers to frame the argument the way he wants.
For every .......Naslund has 880 games to 475 or whatever,.........Bure has two sixty goal seasons and another 50 goal season and Naslund has , well, none of it.
For every Rookie of the Year award at age 21 bure got, well naslund got dry crap wasnt even a regular in the NHL . For every captaincy Naslund got by default because Linden traded Messier took off.................. Bure was alternate under LInden and Messier.
For every 104 point season Naslund choked his way to, Bure got 110 . For every division title Naslund choked, Bure scored arguably the greatest OT goal in canucks history.
And for every hart trophy Naslund somehow fumbled on the final day, he was given the consolation Pearson. Bure didnt get that but i argue it was an embarrassment.
For every time Naslund got clocked by Steve Moore, Bure clocked Shane Churla.
Every time Naslund choked his way out of yet another playoff year, Bure continues to answer questions about game 7 at Madison Square Garden , considered by many to be one of the most entertaining finals since expansion.
So, let Baggins SPIN his selected numbers that he only pulls out when he thinks he can win a stupid internet argument .
Im sure Naslund is 'choking' back the tears watching Bure get elected to the hall of fame. Naslund can always come see the place as a visitor.