TOMapleLaughs, on 23 November 2012 - 10:48 AM, said:
Once again, you're ignoring Bure's other Canucks-related accomplishments when relating to Naslund.
No really... We get it, Baggins. You think season games played matters a lot. And it does, but before Naslund's jersey retirement, season records wasn't the bar used by the Canucks. Playoff success was. ie. We 'lowered the bar' with Naslund's jersey retirement.
Needless to say, the bar is adjustable. I think the Canucks will raise it again with a Bure jersey retirement.
Yes, I remember this is classic Baggins on Bure.
Lowering the bar is exactly what happened... and it made money, but it cheapened the honour.
He argued that charity and being a nice guy along with getting some points was how Naslund was VERY deserving of getting this. He also compared Naslund to Dionne, despite a 1000 point gap in similar GP, as neither had won a cup, but had their jersey hung. This is fine, if youre not sharing this in word.
Naslund was a one D, pouting, quitter who even threatened to head back to Sweden between his "we choked" rare media moments, finally leaving as capatin and UFA with just enough points to edge out two career grinders in Smyl and Linden, yet we lowered the bar and placed him beside these two heros of the sport who blocked shots with their teeth while down 8-1 in the last minute of the game. Shamefull.
In Canada and especially the west, we value guts as much as skill because we know that skill doesnt win cups, guts and desire do. Naslunds jersey is an open wound to those who know the game as battle and being that Naslund didnt sacrifice his body on his way to racking up points... modest points that saw very few 80+point seasons from a one D player is why we say the bar was lowered in a PR stunt. Great player, but to retire his number was insulting.
Bure had great stats and played his guts out. He thrilled and excited the league with his crazy style. He is a legend only comparable to Naslund in that he was a Canuck. To have waited this long to recognize the player Bure was in Vancouver is shamefull. Here is a guy that wanted to win at all costs, even if he was completely pucked over by the Canucks. Try playing through that.
Bure remains in a league of his own, especially as a Canuck.
Edited by Jim Lahey, 01 December 2012 - 12:33 PM.