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12-16-2012, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Dark Shadows View Post
In florida Pavel Bure did figure 8's between his blueline and center ice waiting for the puck to be coughed up so he could cherry pick, take off, contributing next to nothing defensively or anywhere else on the ice.

Amazing stickhandler? Yes. One of the best breakaway and one on one guys ever? Yes. But few people were allowed to play that "myself before the team" style. In fact, on most teams it would get you benched to cherry pick that bad.
Not to mention the fact that Bure averaged about 27 minutes of ice time in Florida, while most other top scorers averaged closer to 20 minutes. I'm sure the fact that Bure wasn't required to backcheck helped him play so much.

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