Former Ranger winger Pavel Bure was one of four elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame this afternoon. Bure will join Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, and Adam Oates as the class of 2012. During his two-year stint with the Rangers, the oft-injured winger still managed to put up almost a point-per-game pace, with a line of 31-19-50 in 51 games.
Sakic and Sundin were the first ballot Hall of Famers, while Bure and Oates had been on the ballot for a couple of years. Surprisingly snubbed on his first ballot was Brendan Shannahan, who has 100 more goals and three more Stanley Cups than Sundin. Also left off this year’s class were first timers Jeremy Roenick and Curtis Joseph; and hold-overs Eric Lindros, Dave Andreychuck, Kevin Lowe, and Pat Burns.
So much for my pipe dream of dealing Girardi for Jiri Hudler, as he is bolting for the KHL, signing a one-year/$2 million deal with the Dynamo Moscow.
My first reaction, only $2 million? Really? What was Detroit offering that they couldn’t pony up that cash, especially after losing Hossa and Samuelsson? He made $1.15 million last year, so this would almost be a 100% raise. Detroit is losing a lot of players, it will be interesting to see how they respond in the coming weeks, and in the upcoming season.
I really want to know what Detroit was offering in terms of their ridiculous long-term deals.
In other news, I’m sure you heard that Joe Sakic is retiring. As Stas put it earlier, he’s the last of the great 90′s captains to retire. Imagine what could have been if the Avs didn’t match the Rangers offer sheet in 1997. So long Joe, the Hall will be calling in a few years.