LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent right wing Valeri Bure, Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Bure, 31, has recorded 400 points (174-226=400) in 621 career NHL games and has scored at least 20 goals five times – including the 2003-04 season when he recorded 22 goals -- during an 11-year NHL career. A native of Moscow, Russia, Bure recorded a career-high 35 goals and 75 points in 1999-00, and he has scored at least 25-or-more goals three times.
During the 2003-04 campaign, Bure split the season with Dallas and Florida and had 52 points (22-30=52) in just 68 regular season games with the Stars and Panthers, where he started the year. Bure began his NHL career with Montreal during the 1995-95 season, and has played with the Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Stars.
"Valeri Bure brings a package of speed, offensive skill and experience to our line-up," said Taylor. "We believe that he will also be a player who will really benefit from the new rule changes, and he will be a welcome addition to our power play."
"This is certainly an exciting day for myself and my family," said Bure, who is married to actress Candice Cameron and they, with their three children, live in both Malibu and Florida. "The Kings were my first choice and I am eager to take to the ice at STAPLES Center in a Kings uniform. I am very much looking forward to being a part of this team and playing with my new teammates. Having not played last year, training camp can't come fast enough for me."
The brother of former NHL All-Star winger Pavel Bure, the two were teammates for the World Team at the 2000 All-Star Game, and Valeri recorded assists on two of his brother's goals in the contest as the pair combined to set a new mark for a brother combination in an All-Star Game. The brothers also played together in Florida with the Panthers during the beginning of the 2001-02 season – a season in which Valeri represented Russia for the second time in the Olympics.
The 5-8, 180-pound Bure was originally selected by Montreal in the second-round (33rd overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.