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The topic is who are the five biggest sports busts in NY sports this decade. Brett Favre is on the list and the reason why the list was compiled.
5. Pavel Bure -- The Rangers traded for the Russian Rocket with hopes he could regain his scoring touch at the Garden, which he did when he was healthy enough to be on the ice. But Bure spent most of his time with the Blueshirts on the bench because of knee injuries.
The Rangers dealt three draft picks and two undistinguished players (Igor Ulanov and Flip Novak) to the Panthers for Bure during the 2001-'02 season. In his next and last season in the NHL, Bure was limited to 39 games. In his brief Rangers run, Bure totaled 51 points in 50 games.
The Rangers finished fourth in the Atlantic Division both years and failed to make the playoffs.
Bure, who turns 31 on March 31, was acquired by the Rangers from the Florida Panthers for defencemen Filip Novak and Igor Ulanov, a first-round pick and switch of second-rounders in 2002 plus a fourth-rounder in 2003.
Bure is slated to earn $10 million US the next two seasons and $11 million US in 2004-05.
I'd put half of the pitchers the Yankees signed recently on that list. Sam Cowart sucked... Oliver Perez is looking terrible, but he might not qualify since he was good before with the Mets... Everyone the Knicks have signed in the past 5 years... There are tons.
depends on how you're defining "bust". He was a bust trade in terms of he didn't last long and didn't help the Rangers make the playoffs, but as a player, he pretty much held up his end of the bargain.
Or in other words, the trade was the bust, not the player
What? LOL This was the best trade Sather ever made, and this is coming from someone who almost never supports the trading of draft picks and hates Sather's guts. That was an excellent trade, and well worth the risk. Bure was phenomenal before he got hurt, and if he had stayed healthy, the team's entire fortune might have changed. They would have had one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of hockey.
Besides, that injury was really just a dirty knee on knee hit by Curtis Brown.