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Published January 19, 1999
The CP's Neil Stevens reports that the return of RW Pavel Bure to the NHL increases the league's average yearly player salary to $1.3M when factoring in his previous $8M salary with the Canucks. The Panthers, who acquired Bure in a trade with the Canucks, gave him a new contract for the rest of the season "believed to be worth about" $3M. Agent Mike Gillis "will try" to negotiate a five or six-year deal worth around $10M per year for Bure after this season (CP, 1/19). In Toronto, Geoffrey York writes that Bure's "lavish lifestyle of endless partying and nightclubbing" during his holdout "made him a controversial figure" in his native city of Moscow (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/19)....The Atlanta Arena Co. took out an ad in the WALL STREET JOURNAL's Southeast edition promoting Thrashers club seats at the new Atlanta Arena: "Impress Customers. Terrify Competitors" (THE DAILY)....In San Jose, Clark Judge writes that NFL Dir of Football Development Gene Washington's hiring by the 49ers "likely will be put on hold until the NFL resolves the future of co- owner Eddie DeBartolo." It is "believed" that Washington would be named as an Exec VP (MERCURY NEWS, 1/19).