So, by those standards, I'm expecting Fin's jersey retirement announcement soon?
Honestly, Bure was touted a superstar in the NHL for a reason....and you're right....it wasn't for any off ice contributions that he was making. Leaving only his brilliance on ice to capture that status, right? People can say what they want (although, none of us really has the full, behind the scenes story), but there is NO denying his talent. Anyone trying to do that just makes themself look foolish. He is truly deserving of the recognition he's currently getting. And to suggest he "liked" being a superstar completely goes against his actions. He hated the fishbowl and that was no secret. He also has moved off into obscurity vs sticking on the scene flogging himself, which also proves his desire for privacy and to simply lead his life. Nothing wrong with that.....
I don't know how many times it has to be said Deb, NOBODY is questioning Bure's talent. The question is: is talent enough to retire his number. If your answer is yes then I'll make a case for Luongo.
Six seasons with the franchise
2 Vezina Nominations (2007, 2011)
1 Hart Nomination (2007)
1 Pearson nomination (2007)
1 Jennings Trophy Win (2011)
1 Mark Messier Leadership Award (2007)
That's more league wide elite level recognition as a Canuck than Bure had in his entire NHL career.
Canuck Goaltending Records:
Most career wins franchise
Most shutouts franchise
Most games played single season
Most wins single season
Most shutouts single season
Longest shoutout streak
Most playoff wins in one playoffs (tied Maclean)
Most shutout in one playoffs (tied Maclean)
Most shots faced in a playoff game
Most saves in a playoff game
My knock on Luongo: Without a Stanley Cup victory on his resume he wasn't here long enough. But based on the above, if Bure's number is retired, then Loungo's has to be as well.