I just finished reading one of Bure's biographies and figured this was a good place to share some facts:
- in Canucks first 18 year of existance they had 16 picks in the top 9 and only 1 player became a productive NHLer, Cam Neely, whom they traded within a year.
- Canucks management screwed Bure around from day 1.
-True Bure always wanted to be one of the highest paid.
-Burke, Quinn and McPhee did everything possible to try and rip Bure off. Paying in CDN funds, withholding bonuses, threatened to hold him out, created false rumours.
-they never helped Bure flee from Russia and when he arrived didn't meet up with him for over 2 weeks. It was a massive deal in those days that Bure fled, his families safety was a major concern from the mafia.
-Bure had a revolving door of line mates and never played with a true playmaker. Larionov was only with the Canucks for 1 year with Bure.
-Canucks almost got Shanahan as compensation from Blues for Nedved.
-Jeff Brown supposedly slept with McLean wife and was considered very lazy.
-Messier literally traded Vancouver's entire team away when he arrived. As captain he was supposed to stick up for his teammates but instead spent most of his time in Keenan's office asking to trade various players. Within a year of Messier's arrival, Keenan with influence from Messier had traded away every Canuck from the 94 team except for 3.
Edited by sampy, 10 November 2012 - 09:14 AM.