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11-18-2012, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
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.
Yes what you say is true but then that's giving him credit for something he didn't do then.

It doesn't really matter if a guy is injured, suspended, in the minors or was prevented in Bure's case, he simply doesn't have any value in games he didn't play in.

Lidstrom played in 11 more games and ahd the same number of points as Bure with 60.

Lidstrom was 3rd on his team in plus minus at plus 36.
Bure was 15th on the Canucks with an even 0 rating.

It was the wow factor and hot scoring finish that had Bure as ROY.

There is ample evidence that Lidstrom was the more valuable player and did more to help his team win that year.

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