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Stats Class: How good is Bure?

Updated: March 21, 2002, 2:35 PM ET
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

A friend of mine who is an intense New York Rangers fan nearly went into convulsions when hearing the Blueshirts had acquired Pavel Bure.

"But he doesn't play defense!"

A few other choice words were offered about Bure's lack of toughness and unwillingess to help in the defensive zone. Indeed, with the Rangers just two points out of the playoff race in the East, it would seem they needed to add defense, not more offense: they've allowed 3.10 goals per game, 29th among the 30 teams. ...

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