Canucks to retire Pavel Bure’s number, plus updates on Daniel Alfredsson, Andrew Ladd and Scott Gomez.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini intends to retire the number of former Canucks great Pavel Bure, who will be inducted next week into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Botchford also suggests the honor might not be enough to silence Bure’s critics in Vancouver.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bure was arguably the greatest player in Canucks history. Yes, he eventually demanded a trade under difficult circumstances, but so did Patrick Roy from the Montreal Canadiens, and Habs fans eventually forgave him. Those Canucks fans still bitter over Bure need to get over it, and remember the great things he accomplished in a Canucks jersey.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd and defenseman Mark Stuart expressed cautious optimism over the current lengthy round of CBA negotiations in New York.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips are using the lockout to spend time helping their sons’ minor hockey team.
CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez has reached an agreement with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Former NHL player Mike Danton took to Twitter to slam Gomez for taking away a job from an ECHL player, but it’s not as though Gomez forced the Aces to hire him. It’s a two-way street, and the Aces seized an opportunity to sign an NHL player they otherwise wouldn’t have in normal circumstances.