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Bure Trade May Have To Wait

January 15, 1999

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ The Vancouver Canucks will either trade holdout star Pavel Bure by early next week or wait until the March 23 trading deadline to make a deal, general manager Brian Burke said Thursday night.

``I don’t think the quality of the offers will improve,″ Burke said. ``If I’m close on something Monday night, it’ll carry over one day. Otherwise we’ll put it on hold until the deadline.″

Asked why he would postpone trade talks until the deadline, Burke said: ``We’ve waited this long. If the quality of the offers doesn’t improve to the point where the trade makes sense, they’re not going to before the deadline. I told teams to step up and do it now or you’re going to wait.″

Burke believes it will be easier to make a trade in March when playoff contenders will be more desperate to deal.

Bure, who has scored 50 or more goals three times in his career, has missed the entire season after announcing he would never play again for the Canucks. Bure, suspended without pay, is in the final year of a five-year deal with Vancouver.

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