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07-03-2008, 10:10 PM
Burke's Evil Spirit
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Originally Posted by MS View Post
Quality person and one of the best players in franchise history. I wish him nothing but the best in NY and hope he re-discovers his passion and scoring touch there.

But the criticism is justified. He lost his competitive edge following the Bertuzzi/Moore crap and the lockout, and was a perimeter player here the past three years while being paid like a superstar. If anything, he got a very free ride based on his 1999-2004 excellence, especially for his total defensive non-effort during the 05-06 season.

Play the way Naslund did the past three years as a team captain, you're going to get held accountable in any market.

In any case, the past three years were only a small part of his time in Vancouver, and I'll remember him much more for his greatness prior to the lockout. 4-goal game against Pittsburgh is one that stands out.
Moreso for Chris Levesque than anything else

I'll never forget the tying goal against Calgary in 2004, or the insane coast-to-coast wrister against Sens.

I was on the ditch Nazzy bandwagon, but I am genuinely sad to see him leave.

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