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11-18-2012, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
I understand human nature but if Bure started the way he finished and had the same stats but faded down the stretch the voters would have treated him differently.

I just happen to think that guys should be judged on everything they do and Bure didn't do anything for 19 games that season and what he did do wasn't enough to beat Lidstrom IMO but then again the voters aren't really factoring in defensive play either.
Here's the thing though. Bure didn't "miss" 19 games to start that season; he was legally prevented from playing. I think there's a difference in there. He didn't get the benefit of training camp, preseason, or the whole first month of the season to get used to new hockey, on a new team, in a new country, because of the court proceedings regarding his status. After being allowed to play, and about a month of getting used to everything, he started tearing up the league - and didn't stop for about a decade.

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