Pavel Bure vs Mats Sundin
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01-02-2013, 06:53 AM
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Not to mention the fact that in an OT situation, Sundin is far less likely to get scored ON.
Pavel Bure, at least in his prime, was not a defensive liability. In fact, he was a primary contributor to the Canucks' defense. I will have definitive proof of this shortly. While I can't say yet whether or not he was a problem in Florida, I have about 30 minutes of footage from three games showcasing his two-way game early in his career.
I wouldn't have expected anything less from him. He was trained in the Soviet system, and I do believe the defensive aspects of hockey were taught to him there. If I were to blame anyone for ruining him, it would be the Canucks' management and coaching staff at the time.
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