By now, you’ve heard the Canucks will definitely be retiring Pavel Bure’s number. You’ve also heard that they almost certainly will not be.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, here are the headlines from the two major Vancouver newspapers today:
The Province: Canucks owner set to retire Bure’s No. 10
The Vancouver Sun: Hall of Fame for Bure, yes. Canuck honour, no way.
Question is, who is right and who is wrong?
The Province‘s Jason Botchford’s main (and only listed) source is Gino Odjick. Odjick, a good friend of Bure’s, said “I don’t see it not happening.” (It, being the retirement of Bure’s jersey).
You have to wonder if that’s all Botch had to go on, though. In recent years, Botchford has built a strong reputation as the guy who has inside knowledge and understanding of how Mike Gillis’ organization runs. He predicted that Manny Malhotra would return by the end of the 2010 playoffs. He predicted that Sami Salo would return from his Achilles injury sooner than expected. He also knew and spoke openly about strombone1 being Roberto Luongo on Twitter long before anyone else would.
It’s clear Botch has an instinct for reading between the lines and a strong relationship with Canucks management, and you have to think he wouldn’t drop a bombshell like he did yesterday without knowing it’s true.
The Vancouver Sun‘s Iain MacIntyre bases his case on the fact “Aquelini has not commented on the report,” and people in the Canucks having no knowledge of it.
In essence, it appears to be the word of Odjick against the lack of comment by Aquelini. I don’t know about you, but what strikes me is Aquelini didn’t say “no.” He simply hasn’t commented. Odjick, on the other hand, has gone out on a limb to say the retirement is happening.
Guess you know which one I believe. What do you think?