Lotusland loot curse?

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Enjoy your contract, Bobby Lu. But beware the Lotusland loot curse.

The Canucks' captain inked a 12-year deal yesterday for US$64 million. But it's not the biggest in city history.

On July 8, 1997, Bryant "Big Country" Reeves' Vancouver Grizzlies' contract was extended by six years for US$61.8 million. The seven-footer from Gans, Okla., moved with the Bad News Bears to Memphis in 2001 but retired in 2002 after nagging back and knee injuries.

Reeves' contract was exceeded on Jan. 27, 1999 by Shareef Abdur-Rahim's six-year, US$71 million extension. Abdur-Rahim finally experienced a playoff game as a 2006 Sacremento King, but retired with a hurt knee after just six games in 2007-2008.

At the time, the dollar exchange rate on Jan. 27, 1999 was 1.5207, so the Abdur-Rahim contract was worth $107.97 million in Canadian funds.

Pavel Bure signed a five-year, US$24.5 million contract during the 1994 Stanley Cup finals. He was the third highest-paid player in the league after Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, but he never got closer to the Stanley Cup than he did in 1994's Game 7. The Russian Rocket retired in 2003 after numerous knee ligament operations.


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