NHL Lockout Canadian Corner – November 8, 2012.

Canucks to retire Pavel Bure’s number, plus updates on Daniel Alfredsson, Andrew Ladd and Scott Gomez.


Canucks to retire Bure’s number.

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.


  1. which number are they retiring for Bure? he was 10 and 96 in Vancouver if my memory serves me correctly

    • Pretty sure they are retiring #10

  2. I have been a die hard Canucks fan since 1981. I was 4 years old when I picked my team.

    Pavel Bure is, and was even during his heyday, one of my least favorite Canucks.

    I won an autographed aluminum Easton Pavel Bure stick when I was 15. While I hung hockey paraphenalia from my bedroom walls that stick became a back up road hockey stick in a pile of beaten twigs. I wanted nothing to do with it.

    Lyle, it is hard to ‘get over it’ when you were never on it in the first place.

    • There was an article written a few years back by Tony Gallagher I think explaining how badly Bure was treated by the Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths and I believe the acting asst. GM George McPhee . They pulled so much crap on him from day one I can’t believe more hasn’t been written about it. Read it and you might change your mind about him. Personally I am glad the Canucks are going to retire his number. I think they also owe him an apology. He deserves it.

      • He may be owed an apology, yes. Treated badly, perhaps. I concede that point. The Gallagher articles I have read. I also agree that he is a HHOF.

        That does not change the opinion of teenaged me who was unaware of the backroom dealings. That opinion was that of a self interested me-first player. As a huge fan of the Canucks he was my most disliked player even though he was the best player on the ice. He was the poster-child for ‘Russian malcontent prima-donna’. I do not be grudge him the right to be a prima-donna, he earned it. He did miss his opportunity to earn the right to be remembered as a true legend. Especially in Vancouver.

        “Those Canucks fans still bitter over Bure need to get over it, and remember the great things he accomplished in a Canucks jersey.” – Lyle

        My disdain for Bure smouldered over years. His trade request was the end-point, unlike that of Patrick Roy who flamed out of Montreal and his trade request was the beginning point. I went back and watched some Pavel Bure videos today. He was an awesome hockey player and it was a treat to watch his electrifying highlights but it was what he did in between those moments that define his tenure in Vancouver. To celebrate the combination of the two by retiring his number, in my opinion, is creating a wrong and not righting one.

        • What exactly did he do “in between” that’s got you all in a huff? The only thing he did was not speak out in public against a front office that started shite rumors for the sole purpose of signing him to crappy contracts. Of course he asked for a trade. Who puts up with that crap indefinately? All that other nonsense like him supposedly sitting out the playoffs was what I just said; nonsense made up by the front office. Even Pat Quinn later realized and admitted that he was being fed a bunch of malarky.

          And you do need to get over it because if you weren’t on it in the first place then why put your negative 2 cents in? Creating a wrong? That makes no sense either.

  3. Gomez signed an ECHL contract . This is very fitting because he should have been playing there for the last couple seasons!