After 893 games, it appears that nobody in the NHL wants Alex Burrows anymore.
Alex Burrows cleared #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 26, 2018
The 36-year-old former Canuck cleared waivers on trade deadline day, with all 31 teams staying away from his $2.5 million contract that expires after next season.
Burrows, like the rest of the Ottawa Senators, has had a miserable season. He has just eight points (3-5-8) in 51 games this year. He hasn’t played since February 6, as he is currently serving a 10-game suspension for kneeing Taylor Hall in the head.
While he had a good start with Ottawa, scoring 11 points in 20 games and helping his new team get to the Eastern Conference Final last year, the Sens likely now regret trading for Burrows. They gave up prospect Jonathan Dahlen in a lopsided deal with the Canucks 364 days ago.
Ottawa has three points fewer than the Canucks in the standings right now, as this season has gone completely off the rails. They’re now in fire sale mode, dealing Derick Brassard and Dion Phaneuf, and even considering a trade of Erik Karlsson.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Burrows. Ottawa could conceivably send him to the AHL, a place he hasn’t been since the 2005-06 season. He could retire, though he would forfeit the remainder of his contract if he chooses to do that.
Whenever he does decide to retire, Burrows is a shoe-in for the Canucks’ Ring of Honour. A student of the game, he could be someone who would transition well into a front office role.