He was elected to the HHoF because of his career as a whole. Number retirement is about a players relationship/accomplishments with a franchise. Two distinctly different honors. One doesn't automatically qualify the other.
I've been following the NHL since the 60's. So I wasn't watching Bure play through the eyes of a star struck child. Being a good player, or being exciting, isn't enough of a reason for a team to give it's highest honor. He just doesn't have the accomplishments as a Canuck to make up for the lack of games played here.
accomplishments? Well then
Three stars award winners
Luongo 5, Bure 4, Brodeur 4, Linden 3, Nassuck 3, Smyl 0
Nassuck 5, Linden 4, Bure 3, Smyl 3, Brodeur 3, Kurtenbach 3
Most exciting player
Bure 5, Tanti 5, Bertuzzi 4, Burrows 3, nassuck 2, Linden 2
Nassuck 5, Bure 4, Henrik 3, Linden 2, Smyl 0
Nassuck - Lindsay (despite choking the final month of the season to lose Art Ross & division)
Bure - Calder (1994 Goal leader - before Richard trophy existed)
Sedins - Art Ross ea
Henrik - Hart
Playoff career stats in Vancouver
H. Sedin 22-49-71
D. Sedin 23-41-64
(11th) Smyl 16-17-33
(12th) Nassuck 13-20-33
To suggest Bure didnt do enough on the team is absurd.
Hes the only Point per game player we have ever had. Our 1st notable award winner, and SHOULD have been our 1st notable double award winner (Richard trophies should be award to all previous winners)
We all know Luongo & the Sedins will get retired someday.
Bure did more than Naslund and Smyl by leaps & bounds. Probably even Linden as well.
No one argued about Smyls number going up at the time.
No one argued about Lindens number going up at the time.
Bure did more than either of them, in less time, and in spite of the team screwing him over not once, but twice while he was here.
He has earned every stitch of a number retirement.
If everyone that is retired right now has earned it, Bure has too.