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Bure's on fire in the Sunshine State
By PIERRE LEBRUN -- The Canadian Press
Pavel Bure is the hottest player in the NHL right now with 21 goals and 12 assists in just 24 games. But the second question posed during Tuesday's conference call had nothing to do with his dazzling puck-handling skills.
"I'm just wondering if you might be able to comment on what is being called the love triangle between you, (Sergei) Fedorov and Anna Kournikova?" asked a reporter.
"Sorry?" Bure replied.
"I was just wondering if you could comment on all the speculation out there on what's going on between you, Sergei Fedorov and Anna Kournikova?" the reporter persisted.
"I can talk about hockey, but my private life is mine," Bure responded tersely.
Such is life these days for the Florida Panthers superstar, subject of a number of newspaper stories linking him romantically with Kournikova, the Russian tennis player who had previously been paired with the Detroit Red Wings' Fedorov. One headline in the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel this week read: Neighbours Pavel, Anna Leave Third Russian Red with Anger. The story went on to say Bure and Kournikova live in the same Miami condo building. Kournikova, who attracts as much attention with her good looks as her tennis skills, was spotted at the Panthers-Maple Leafs game Monday night in Sunrise, Fla.
When asked if he was tired of answering questions about his personal life, Bure didn't bite.
"I guess it comes with the territory," he said. "I understand people like hockey a lot and they want to know things. "I try to do the best that I can to let people know how I play."
On the hockey front, Bure has rediscovered the form that saw him post back-to-back 60-goal seasons in 1992-93 and '93-94 with the Vancouver Canucks.
"I'm really happy right now," he said. "Things are going very well."
The 28-year-old Moscow native has scored 34 goals in 35 games with the Panthers since being acquired Jan. 17 from the Canucks. After signing a contract that averages out to $8 million US a season, Bure impressed his new fans by scoring 13 goals in 11 games last January. The joy was short-lived when he suffered a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 5.
"It was a big disappointment for me," Bure said of the injury, which required his second knee operation. "I'm really lucky that I have really good friends and family who supported me through that hard time." Bure came to camp in September still not 100 per cent, still unsure about the knee. "When I first stepped on the ice after my second surgery, I didn't have confidence," he admits. "But you just have to take one step at a time -- the more you play, the more confident you get."
He's been hurt again this year, missing eight games -- including a much-anticipated return to Vancouver on Nov. 5. But he's healthy now and the Panthers are winning, leading the Southeast Division by nine points over the Carolina Hurricanes with a 19-11-2-2 record.
"We have to give credit to the management and the coaching staff, who put a really good team together. "It's a great mix we have on the team," Bure said, pointing to the veterans like Scott Mellanby and Ray Sheppard and the youngsters like Oleg Kvasha and Radek Dvorak. The Panthers need to be winning games, Bure says, because they're not alone in the Miami sports market.
The Panthers have averaged 15,511 fans a game through 16 home dates.
Capacity at the National Car Rental Center is 19,200. "It's hard to compete
with the Miami Dolphins," said Bure, who was named the NHL's player of
the week on Monday. "We have the Dolphins, the Miami Heat and the Marlins.
"But we can only control so much. We just have to out there and try to
win some games and hope the people will come."
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