I read today that the Russian Rocket's career may be in danger because of his wonky knees. Mr. Bure played for the Canucks for six seasons at the beginning of his career, and was unquestionably the most exciting, explosive player in team's history. At the time he was among the fastest player in the league, and was capable of things few other players were.
He was extraordinarily gifted, had incredible fitness (wasn't his body fat like 3%) and, unfortunately, was a total asshat. He was an apathetic whiner who apparently only cared about the all-mighty dollar.
That said, he was thrilling to watch. His game seven overtime goal against Calgary in 1994 is embossed on my memory. He flew down the ice and (to borrow a line from Richard Harrison) slip the puck under Mike Vernon like a surprise confession.
In a league dominated by the trap defense, 15-goal pluggers and savant goaltenders, his offensive talents will be sorely missed.