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Four more years: Burrows signs extension with Canucks

Sep 14, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

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Alex Burrows has signed a four-year, $18 million contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks, the club announced Friday afternoon.

Burrows has one year remaining on his current contract (cap hit $2 million), after which the new deal (cap hit $4.5 million) will take him through the 2016-17 season.

The extension also reportedly includes a no-trade clause.

“I’m really excited,” said Burrows. “Me and my family really like it here in Vancouver, we like the organization, it’s a team that wants to win and wants to win the Stanley Cup and that’s exactly what I want to do. It makes sense for me to get a deal done and be here for another five years will be a lot of fun.”

Burrows is coming off a 28-goal season, his fourth straight 25-plus goal campaign while playing alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin on Vancouver’s top line.

In 2009-10, Burrows scored a career high 35 goals.

  1. loinstache - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    This is a steal.

  2. elvispocomo - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    His $2M cap hit has been one of the best values in the NHL. $4.5 per is a better comparable to others around the league even when his numbers a definitely helped by playing with the Sedins. He brings one of the better all around games in the league.

  3. Eberwizzle - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I’m curious…how can these players keep signing during a lock out? If the players really wanted to “stick together” shouldn’t they all not sign?

    • pastabelly - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Well, the lockout hasn’t begun yet. Hopefully, that answers your question.

  4. sjsharks66 - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    This guy is horrible. His antics on the ice are a disgrace.

    • dropthepuckeh - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      I agree with sjsharks66, guy is a disgrace. I think Bettman could score 28 goals riding on a line with Sedins. At least we get four more years of detesting the Canucks. Or three since we aren’t getting a season this year….

    • bhawksrule - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      I agree, I hate Alex Burrows and his rat face

      • bigoldorcafromvan - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        @bhawksrule. Your comment is about the same as to how I feel about Beakin Bolland.

    • pastabelly - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      I’m pretty sure he’s the guy who actually bit Bergeron in the Cup Finals. I agree that he is a disgrace.

  5. blomfeld - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    CHOCOLATE FINGERS ANYONE ?

    No doubt resigning this cannibal was a good move on the part of the Canucks. But the bigger question has to be why they’re blowing away so much big money ? Doan’s apparently going to sign here this afternoon for 6.5 mil … Luongo’s still got 46 mil coming his way for doing nothing … Edler’s going to be looking for “ABBA” type money shortly … etc, etc, etc. It’s almost like the Canucks are trying to be the Federal Reserve with Gillis playing the part of Ben Bernanke ? I honestly don’t understand this ? Unless of course the Aquilini’s already know that a huge salary rollback is already in the cards for these fools ? Guess we’ll see …

  6. bigoldorcafromvan - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    As a Canuck Fan I think this is a great signing. You Shark fans or Hawk Fans might not think so but who cares. Burrows for 8 years 26mil. = 3.5 mil a year, with the points he puts up show me a better deal… hmm Joe Thorton.,, Gomez, Horcoff. Don.t think so.

    • ThatGuy - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Any third liner could put up 50 points with the Sedins, and that offensive zone start percentage.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Trust me, as one who has watched a lot of players (Jason King, Trent Klatt, Anson Carter, Taylor Pyatt, Steve Bernier) rotate on that line, only two have ever been really successful, Burrows and Samuelsson. The difference with Burrows is he also makes the Sedins better, not just the other way around.

        In a perfect world he’d also be 6’4″ 230lbs and able to protect the Sedins better from rat faced punks, but I’ll take what I can get.

  7. g68rh - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Regardless of how you feel about Burrows the player, give the guy some credit for working his way to the NHL. His story is truly remarkable and it is a great story that hardwork, dedication and taking advantage of opportunities will go a long way. Imagine if a lot of highly touted prospects that have flopped had half the work ethic he did…

  8. sjsharks66 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Haha comparing burrows to Thornton? Thornton puts up more points than burrows and helps others get points. Hmm like the same help burrows needs from the Sedins.

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      your comment does not make any sense. I only watched Thorton play in 6 games and he was probably the laziest shark on the ice.

    • elvispocomo - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Thornton might have better numbers, but his $7M cap hit is on the other line while you’re saying, “no, I love you more,” to his stats sheet.

      Burrows is good value for what he does, and he’s not expected to lead the team to better post season results, yet seems to come up with clutch goals just the same.

  9. sjsharks66 - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I’m glad you know so much about Thornton through the 6 games you watched. Must make you an expert. :) just focus on watching kesler flop on the ice and burrows pull hair and bite people. No amount of “thumbs down” can take away that.

  10. joewilliesshnoz - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Does anybody know if this guy is related to the old Pen’s defenseman, Dave Burrows ?

  11. kitshky - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    If the Canucks were ever silly enough to let him hit the free market … literally every team in the league would be tripping over themselves to get Burrows into their lineup. The guy can play on any line, in any situation, at any time of the game, and has the invaluable ability to score a goal exactly when a goal needs to be scored.

    Forget the points he puts up and the fact that he is the ONLY player able to consistently compliment the Sedin’s (contrary to what’s being said by people who clearly have not watched the revolving door that has been their wing) … he’s one of the leagues best defensive players in the game, a top notch penalty killer, and obviously a great influence in the room.

    He’s been literally thee greatest deal in the league getting paid less than the league average, and even with the new contract remains an outright steal.

    His story of grit, determination, and commitment to come up undrafted from a ball hockey league, to the ECHL , to the AHL, to a grunt with a regular spot in the NHL … to a consistent 30 goal 1st liner, is mindblowing no matter how you look at it.

  12. drewsylvania - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Hyperbole much?

    • danphipps01 - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      I don’t know, Boston fans absolutely creamed themselves over Marchand’s new deal and he’s basically Burrows minus ten or so points a season.

  13. hsnepts - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    For those of you who actually care to talk about hockey, here’s a stat you might not know about Burrows – just to give you an idea of his worth.

    He has never played on the top PP unit with the Sedins. (He has for a few games here and there, but maybe about 10 games a season).

    So all those goals? They are mostly even strength. Burrows is one of the top 10 even strength goal scorers in the league over the last 5 years.

    Most people assume all those Burrows goals are from the Sedins on the PP. Well, actually that’s where Kesler gets his goals. Burrs gotta earn them at even strength.

    I know enough about hockey players in this day and age to know that most players that score 25+ goals every year would have demanded more PP time or a trade. Not Burr. He’s all heart. And he fights like a girl – I cant deny that.

  14. pastabelly - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Marchand is 7 years younger than Burrows and his career and has a better upside than Burrows. Better deal for Boston.

  15. ryanw822 - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Cant be a team full of pussies if you dont sign pussies.

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