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Report: Canucks, Burrows negotiating new deal

Aug 15, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

According to Vancouver’s CKWX News1130, the Vancouver Canucks have started negotiations on a contract extension for winger Alex Burrows.

Burrows, 31, is heading into the final year of a deal that pays $2 million annually. The four-year, $8 million deal he signed back in 2009-10 represents one of the league’s best bargains — since signing, he’s averaged 29 goals per season and missed just 12 games to injury.

Last season, he averaged a career-high 18:28 of ice time and finished tied for 21st in even strength goals (23) with Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews.

More, from News1130:

Corbiel added the two sides haven’t discussed numbers yet, but it stands to reason Burrows could be in line for a pay raise.

Here’s what the Vancouver Province’s Gord McIntyre wrote on Monday:

He has leadership qualities, understands the game extremely well and, should his goal scoring start to decline, he could still play a major defensive role in the likes of a Guy Carbonneau or Mike Keane.

Burrows, who has averaged just under 30 goals the past three seasons, could garner $4.5-$5 million for four or five years on the open market and that’s probably too rich for the Canucks.

McIntyre also notes that Burrows holds the trump card of being “the best winger the Sedins have ever had.” Though to be fair, his chief rival in that category is probably Anson Carter.

  1. colby7 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    After all of the crap he put management through, IE Calling out a ref (He was right, but this broke some unwritten rules of the game) and Biting, I would say he isnt in line for too much of a raise.

    If it wasnt for Canucks Management he would likely still be on a ball hockey team..

    • loinstache - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      I love how biting a gloved finger has propelled Burrows to villainy that surpasses the likes of players who make career-ending illegal plays.

      • llaplander - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        Especially when you consider it means someone just shoved their dirty sweaty glove in your mouth…

  2. colby7 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I am a Canucks fan and I still cringe every time I see the replay.. Come on how many players have A) Called out a Ref B) Bit a Finger C) Pulled someones Hair

    I cant think of many players that have done ONE of those things, let alone all three. Hes a hell of a hockey player but lets his emotions get the better of hime.

  3. t16rich - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    R.I.P. Rypien. One year to the day.

  4. leepetertk - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I think Burrows will get a good raise, but he will still be below the open market value. Vancouver has consistently resigned their top players for fair money, but less than what it is believed they would receive as unrestricted free agents.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      the endless repetition of this “fairy tale” Vancouver/below market value/hometown discount makes it not more true. The Sedins are the only exception.

      • colby7 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        So you think a Selke winner in Kesler is worth less then 5 Mil? Thats a steal for him.

        Hamhuis and Garrison both took way below market value, I mean look at Widemans deal.

        Salo signed a huge hometown discount last year and Chris Higgins also signed a really cheap deal.

        Both goaltenders are paid way below market value as well, Luongo’s Cap hit is actually pretty low.

      • kitshky - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM


        Do at least a little research before spouting off please?

    • desertfan - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM


  5. withseidelinn - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    This guy deserves a raise, he’s stepped up when he’s needed to, scored in clutch situations, and is a good guy to have on your team. Awful to play against, but the hometown crowd loves a player like this. Probably 4.5 mil for 4-5 years.

  6. jdubs21 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    “Pay the man his money”

  7. weenerman - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    The tipping point will be the extent of dental coverage provided. :)

  8. blomfeld - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM


    As someone noted above, the finger-biting business was pure comedy and “good times” were had by all as a result ! Anyone who seriously equates that with the “nightly” boarding from behind, is either an idiot or they’re pulling your leg. Anyway, I’m not a Canucks fan as such, though I watch them even more than my beloved LA Kings. The bottom line is that the Canucks “must and will” resign Burrows, as he’s an excellent player and he’s an integral part of their team. So it’s a given that they’ll come to an amicable agreement …

    GO BURROWS GO !! :)

  9. vanindeed - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    This is the one guy Vancouver must sign. Burrows and Higgins were the only ones that didn’t mail it in for stretches last year.

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