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Stan Fischler: Sather Masterful in Bure Dealing

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

by Stan Fischler
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Nobody will ever confuse Glen Sather with Rumpelstiltskin, but I'll have to make an exception this time.

Like the character from Grim's fairy tales, Slats has woven straw into gold.

To obtain Pavel Bure for Igor Ulanov, Filip Novak, a first round pick in 2002 and a switch of 2003 second rounders - is simply a great trade.

Sather stated, "I am certainly happy with it, we get to keep everybody in our line-up right now and we had to be careful we did not diminish too many players to get this deal done."

For the immediate future, Bure now gives the Rangers the opportunity to take a run at a playoff berth and is replacing any firepower the club had hoped to get from Mark Messier before he was injured.

He not only gives them an accomplished scoring machine, but he is also one of these precious few artists who can bring people to the rink to watch him perform.

But, here's the key. Bure is a showman. The kind of showman who will want to play his best on Seventh Avenue. Vancouver is OK and Sunrise Florida is OK, but it's not the Big Apple and Bure is made for the Apple.

He also happens to be a Russian and happens to love Brighton Beach, which is not that far away. So, he gets the best of both worlds. He's got his Russian community and the limelight like he's never had before. That will bring out, by far, the best in him.

The next question is how does he get played and what does Ron Low do with him. It's a guarantee that he'll see power-play time. Secondly, it'll probably be worth trying Pavel alongside Eric Lindros. The big guy-speed guy combination will drive other teams crazy.

But Low has to find a way, right away, to get this guy to work with the hockey club. The player won't be the problem. It's now up to the coach to make him work right and make it happen quickly.

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