PAVEL BURE CANUCKS

When Hall of Fame forward Pavel Bure made his long awaited return to Vancouver on Thursday night, it may have been the final obstacle for the organization to retire Bure’s No. 10 in the very near future.

Bure, who received a long ovation before the game Thursday against the Oilers, played seven seasons in Vancouver, scoring 254 goals and 224 assists in 428 games.

The question of whether or not “The Russian Rocket’s” jersey will hang from the rafter’s at Rogers Arena has not been officially announced, but owner Francesco Aquilini had this to say regarding the possibility.

“This is something we’re going to work on and definitely it’s in the plans,” Aquilini revealed. “We think that Pavel is going to be a great addition to all the members who are retired up there. He’s such a great guy and he’s such an exciting player. You could see the fans. The standing ovation went on for at least five minutes.”

Aquilini added this about the fans:

“He never had problems with the fans. He had problems with management, but never the fans.”

The Canucks have retired three players’ jerseys in their history.

Stan Smyl

Trevor Linden and

Markus Naslund.

Looks like Bure may be next.