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05-21-2004, 09:35 AM
Vito Andolini
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Originally Posted by Shadowrunner
Pavel Bure on the Rangers was as responsible defensively as he could have possibly been being Pavel Bure; his heart and effort was seen on both sides off the ice, which is far more than most of his teammates have shown those 2 seasons.
He may have played with heart, but that doesn't change the fact that he cherry picks more than Lemieux. It's not easy to see on TV, but anyone who goes to the Garden notices how often Bure neglects his defensive responsibilities in exchange for looking for that breakaway pass at the red line, and how often he hangs out at the side of the net hoping for the puck to find its way onto his stick. He doesn't do the little things that it takes to win, and on a team that is rebuiding, you can't have that.

IF healthy, and that is an enormous if, he could still score 50 or 60 goals a year, but that number is offset by his complete unwillingness to backcheck and fit into the type of system that this team is going to have to play in order to be successful.

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