December 12, 2010
Naslund Honoured. Bure Next?
A nice (though long) pre-game ceremony in Vancouver Saturday night was held to retire Markus Naslund's #19. It was a nice to see happen as Naslund never got an adequate send off or his own chance to say goodbye when he left Vancouver. Do you remember his last game as a Canuck? Sure you do - it was Trevor Linden's last night, too. For all his on ice excellence and off ice selflessness, Naslund's long lasting legacy has always been overshadowed by Linden in both regards.
Now that Naslund has been properly honoured, is Pavel Bure next? Perhaps the biggest obstacle to that happening might be The Russian Rocket himself. He has had nothing to do with the Canucks since the day he left, and right now he seems to have nothing to do with hockey at all. I understand he is enjoying life and doing some property investing in Miami.