Report: Alex Burrows Traded to Ottawa Senators

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GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 23: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks shoots the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks have dealt their assistant captain and veteran forward Alexandre Burrows to the Ottawa Senators upon the waiving of his no-move clause in exchange for Johnathan Dahlen. This shows the intent of Trevor Linden and Jim Benning to make the shift from the old guard to bring in young talent for the future.

Alex Burrows Traded to Ottawa Senators

Burrows has played his entire career up until this trade for the Vancouver Canucks. This career spans 822 games, and includes 193 goals, 191 assists, and a solid 1066 penalty minutes. Jonathan Dahlen is one of the Senators’ best five prospects, and he has set career highs in goals (24) and points (41) in 43 games for Timra IK, Sweden’s Allsvenskan League.

During the course of Burrows’ roughly 12 years in Vancouver he has proven himself to be a leader, both on and off the ice. It is because of this, and his ability to still contribute as a bottom six forward, that Ottawa has decided to bring him on to improve their depth for the stretch run. He will bring an air of veteran leadership that any organization, whether challenging for the Stanley Cup or dwelling at the bottom of the standings, could appreciate.

Burrows’ best period of his career started in the 2008-09 season when he scored 28 goals and finished with 51 points. He went on to score 35 goals and add 32 assists in the 2009-10 season. Burrows would then go on to have 48 and 52 points respectively in the two following seasons. That was the obvious dip in ability as he hasn’t hit above the 33 point mark he had in the 2014-15 season since then.

Another reason that his new organization has likely opted to take him on is the fact that he was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. This left the Senators with a decision on whether they wanted to re-sign him on the cheap, or opt to use the cap space cleared for younger talent to add depth. They gave their answer upon his acquisition:

Burrows was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 by the Canucks, a move that turned out to be a very smart one. Burrows is currently in the final season of a four-year, $18 million contract given to him before the 2013-14 season, with the new deal kicking in next season.

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