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Report: Canucks' Alex Burrows willing to waive no-trade clause

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 14, 2016 12:40 pm

After an abysmal showing in what was supposed to be a celebration of the past, Canucks fans received some interesting news regarding the future of the team.

Last night on Hockey Night in Canada during the Saturday Headlines intermission segment, Elliotte Friedman reported that Alex Burrows, who has played his entire 11-year career with Vancouver, may be willing to waive is no-trade clause should the team approach him with a potential trade.

To Burrows’ credit, he denied the report in his post-game interviews.

Here’s the quote from Friedman:

“The word is if the Vancouver Canucks were doing a youth movement, want to move Alex Burrows, and I don’t know what the market would be, he’s got 4.5 million next year, but if they want to, he would be willing to go.”

Now, as anybody who follows Friedman knows, he wouldn’t make such a statement without legitimate evidence. He is one of the most respected insiders in hockey. While Burrows does deny the report, it may just be an attempt to keep things from getting a little too crazy in Vancouver.

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The youth movement began taking its toll earlier this season when players like Chris Higgins and Brandon Prust were placed on waivers and sent to AHL Utica. With names like Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata already squarely on the trade block, Burrows could be next.

Burrows has just 16 (7-9-16) points in 53 games this season. Last season he had 33 (18-15-33) points in 70 games. Both seasons are a far cry from his peak in 2009-10, when he had 35 goals and 67 points.

As with any player that has spent significant time with the team, never mind as a central figure, it would be a shame to see him go, but Jim Benning and Trevor Linden have made it clear there will be more opportunities given to younger players in an attempt to shape this team going forward.

Burrows will be heading into the final year of his 4-year $18 million dollar deal next season and brings with him a $4.5 million annual cap hit. Though not technically a rental player, Burrows is the kind of depth player that could bring speed, penalty killing, and physical play to a contending team.

His contract is a little more palatable for a non-cap team. Burrows will make $3 million in salary next season, which is $1.5 million less than his cap hit.

Should Burrows be moved, the extra cap room could set the Canucks up to make a serious splash in free agency. At most, with Hamhuis, Vrbata, Prust, Burrows, and possibly Higgins, Jim Benning would have $19 million dollars to take a run at just about anybody, including Steven Stamkos.

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