Alex Burrows’ time with the Ottawa Senators has come to an end.
The longtime Canuck was placed on unconditional waivers on Tuesday, for the purpose of buying him out. The move will save Ottawa one-third of his remaining $2.5 million salary, on a contract that was scheduled to expire after this season.
#Sens Alexandre Burrows is on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. Since the contract is a 35+, the #Sens receive no cap hit savings; however, the club will save 1/3 of the remaining cost and free up a contract spot.https://t.co/0TPJMDK8ww pic.twitter.com/sO0HU2bLvg
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 26, 2018
Burrows, 37, will become a free agent and can sign with any team in the league – if anyone wants him. This could be the end of the line for the veteran forward, who scored just 14 points (6-8-14) in 71 games with the Senators last season.
Ottawa acquired Burrows in a trade with the Canucks on February 27, 2017, in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. It’s been by far Jim Benning’s best trade for the Canucks.
A lot has changed in Ottawa since they made the deal. At the time, they were loading up for a playoff run – one that saw them come an overtime goal away from making the Stanley Cup Final. The Sens are now in full-scale rebuild mode, and may even trade franchise player Erik Karlsson, after a disastrous 2017-18 season that saw them finish second-last in the NHL.
Burrows is one of the most popular players in Canucks history and received a standing ovation from the fans in Vancouver upon his return to Rogers Arena in October. It’s unlikely that he’ll return to the Canucks as a player, but he has expressed interest in pursuing a career in management after his playing days are done.
Burrows ranks ninth all-time in Canucks history in goals, and seventh in playoff goals. He’s tied for first in playoff overtime goals – including some of the most famous ones in team history. He’s also a shoo-in to be inducted into the Canucks Ring of Honour, which could come in the not so distant future.