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by Paul on 08/13/12 at 01:30 PM ET
from Gord McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
He’s 31 and entering the fourth and final year of a contract that gives rise to a whole new definition of “hometown discount,” at $2 million a season.
In the past six seasons Burrows has missed only 11 games, so he’s durable.
He has leadership qualities, understands the game extremely well and, should his goal scoring start to decline, he could still play a major defensive role in the likes of a Guy Carbonneau or Mike Keane.
Burrows, who has averaged just under 30 goals the past three seasons, could garner $4.5-$5 million for four or five years on the open market and that’s probably too rich for the Canucks.
Here’s what some comparable players make: Andrew Ladd, $4.4 million, four more years; Johan Franzen, $3.95 million, seven more years; Erik Cole, $4.5 million, three more years.
Burrows is head-and-shoulders the best winger the Sedins have had. It’ll be interesting to watch this develop over the course of the season (calls to the Canucks and Burrows agent were not returned, this being the dog days of August and most normal people thinking cottage, not Canucks).
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