Canucks in turmoil

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Trouble is brewing in Vancouver and this time it has nothing to do with Mark Messier or Mike Keenan. The Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure, is saying that he will never play for the team again.

Reports of Bure wanting out of Vancouver have been heard during the last couple of years, but this time it seems to be real.

"I have no problems with Mike Keenan. He's not the reason I'm leaving. The reasons are my own and everyone has personal reasons for doing things and I don't really want to discuss them," Bure said. "I love the fans here and I love the city. But I really feel it's time to move."

However, Canucks new general manager Brian Burke says that Bure isn't going anywhere, at least not before there is a good enough deal on the table.

"I do not answer to Pavel Bure. My boss' name is not Bure, it's McCaw (team owner)," Burke said. "He's an employee of the Vancouver Canucks and therefore to me at this point he is no more than an asset. And I today will not promise to move him. In fact, I'm going to make the opposite promise, that I will not move him unless I'm offered a deal which makes sense to our hockey club and improves our hockey club."

Bure has one year left on a five-year contract which, through contract incentives which he has met, will pay him about $8 million.

Bure has reportedly told Burke he is not going to show for training camp. Burke said that Bure faces fines and suspension without pay if he doesn't appear at camp.

"If we start the regular season and we haven't made a deal, then a suspension is not an option, it's going to happen." Burke said.

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