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Obvious reasons to love the Canucks re-signing Alex Burrows

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The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have re-signed Alex Burrows to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million per season. The deal also includes a no-trade clause.

Burrows was been a key piece of the Canucks the past four seasons. Burrows had his breakout year in 2008-2009 when he notched what was at the time a career high in goals with 28, assists with 23 and points with 51.

Since then Burrows has gone on to register three more 25+ goal seasons including one 35 goal season in 2009-2010.

Locking him up

It’s not much of a surprise that Burrows was extended today.

With a pending lockout the Canucks were limited in the amount of time they had to sign the pesky winger to an extension. At four-years it gives both the Canucks and Burrows a good deal of term and once again, Burrows took some what of a discount as he did in 2008-09 when he signed the four-year deal he is currently on right now.

Earlier today it was reported that Burrows agent was seeking a term and dollar figure somewhat close to what Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Patrick Sharpe was making at around five years, $5.9 million per season.

Luckily for the Canucks they were able to lock Burrows up and get him at a great rate.

When Alex Burrows‘ contract kicks in at the start of 2013-14 it will make  makes him the 5th highest paid player on the Canucks behind the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis.

I like this signing all around, here’s why:

Durability

Alex Burrows sees a lot of ice-time, in fact he’s eighth overall in terms of minutes per game, fourth amongst forwards at 18:28 per game. He plays on the top line and takes him far share of the bumps.

Never a player afraid to mix it up, Burrows has been surprisingly durable since the 2006-07 season where he’s only missed 13 games.

Alex Burrows

Burrows has established himself as a key part of the core of this team, this deal cements that

Two-Way game

In terms of complete players, Alex Burrows is second only to Ryan Kesler. This is a huge part of why I like this deal.

Even if Burrows’ offensive production begins to decline in the next two or three seasons he still has a fantastic defensive game, not to mention he’s one of the teams top penalty killers.

When Burrows offense does begin to decline his defensive game will easily allow him to slot down in the lineup; this would allow for other younger players to begin to see more time in the top six.

Determined

Burrows has established himself as a key part of the core of this team, this deal cements that. There isn’t a player that has gone through as much as Alex Burrows, his perseverance and determination since breaking into the NHL are second to none.

Not to mention his work ethic.

That can only rub off on team mates and younger players who will start to see time with the Canucks in the coming years.

Self Made Man

Everyone knows the story of Alex Burrows.

He played two years in the QMJHL, went undrafted, played in the ECHL, was signed by the Canucks then minor league affiliate the Manitoba Moose and then signed by the Vancouver Canucks. Oh, who can forget about being a World Champion ball hockey player?

To say that Burrows is a self made man would be the understatement of the year.

Starting his career as a feisty and lippy checker, Burrows has emerged as goal scorer, having scored 20 or more goals in the last four consecutive seasons. His work ethic and the ability to play in key offensive and defensive situations are what make Burrows so valuable to the Vancouver Canucks.

He’ll score goals, kill penalties, make plays and take the body. What more could you ask for?

All around, I’m glad the Canucks were able to lock Burrows up for another four years.

Even if the Canucks are unable to land Shane Doan, at least today was not without some Canucks news.

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