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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
At his peak with the Canucks, he averaged 28 goals a season over a five-year stretch, but he was about so much more than numbers. He burned for the game. He was willing to do anything and everything to make a difference. That didn’t make him the most likable character and there were times it was difficult to defend Burrows, but he was our Rudy and if the rest of the hockey world didn’t see the things we saw in Burrows, we didn’t care.
That might explain the reaction to Monday’s trade that sent Burrows to Ottawa for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. From a hockey point of view it was a good deal for the Canucks. But it also gave the faithful a chance to savour Burrows’ career here; to appreciate the player he became and those shimmering moments he provided.
In time, he will go up in the Canucks’ Ring of Honour and will be remembered in this town. But this is Burrows’ greatest triumph.
We tell our kids if they want something badly enough and they’re willing to work hard enough for it, they can do anything. We have a hard time believing that a lot of times, but then along comes someone like Burrows and he makes us believe it’s possible, that you can believe in the power of the dream.
added 5:01pm, Vancouver release is below.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Blueshirts are talented and resolute enough to win regularly when they get the goaltending they expect from Henrik Lundqvist. There is no doubt about it. This is a nice team.
But nice hockey gets you only so far in the playoffs, and so does tic-tac-toe hockey that is dependent on time and space. If Gorton is going to rent a top-six, better the GM find an abrasive personality than a pure-skill winger.
Which brings us to the semi-notorious Alexandre Burrows, the soon-to-be 35-year-old who spent much of his career in Vancouver playing with and riding shotgun for the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) while Vigneault was behind the bench. This season, he most often has played with talented young studs Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Of his altercation with Lehner, which occurred after the goalie hooked Burrows, who responded with a shove, the veteran Canuck said: “I didn’t think it was that much. I know there’s an unwritten rule that you don’t fight a goalie. I was kind of backing up in a defensive position, asking what he was doing. He looked pretty angry; he’s a big man. Then he gave me a good shot, and then I saw a six-foot-five defenceman charging at me, not looking too happy.”
more on Vanvouver's 4-2 win over Buffalo...
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
“I’m still around.”
In those three words, Alex Burrows tried to summarize and justify his wild rollercoaster ride the last four months when it appeared his days as a long-serving Vancouver Canucks winger were numbered. The first hint came in early March when he was told by the coaching staff that younger players were a roster priority. But he wasn’t moved at the trade deadline and wasn’t bought out last month.
And when Canucks general manager Jim Benning was asked if the 35-year-old National Hockey League survivor would be part of any off-season transactions, his reaction was quick, concise and somewhat confusing: “No,” he said. “He’s going to be part of our group.”
“It means a lot,” said Burrows, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. “It means I can still be an asset to the team and still help the young guys and be good leader in the room.”
from Frank Servalli of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks pest Alexandre Burrows apologized Thursday to former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan for stepping over the line with an offensive on-ice comment from some “eight or 10 years ago.”
The incident came to light after O’Sullivan alleged on Twitter that Burrows was the only opponent to taunt him for the well-documented physical and emotional abuse O’Sullivan was subjected to as a child from his father.
“Burrows (was the) only guy who said he wanted to hurt me like my father did,” O’Sullivan tweeted on Thursday. “(That’s) why I can’t stand him.”...
Burrows owned up to the remarks after the Canucks’ loss to the Flyers.
“I apologize if I offended him back then. I did say some stuff that may now, looking back ... I could see how it would’ve offended him, like a lot of things I said back in the day,” Burrows said. “I read his story on The Player’s Tribune. It’s tough to see.”
Former National Hockey League forward Patrick O'Sullivan tweeted on Thursday that Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows mocked O'Sullivan's abusive relationship with his father during on-ice altercations.
O'Sullivan, 30, detailed his years of physical and emotional abuse under his father - a former minor-league hockey player himself - in Breaking Away, his memoir released in October, and again this month in an essay on The Players' Tribune.
In a discussion with his followers on Thursday morning about the place of fighting in hockey, O'Sullivan revealed his his interactions with Burrows.
I would like to hear from Burrows on this topic before passing judgment, but it sure does not sound good.
Was Burrows trying to get out of the way or just had a brain freeze?
During practice earlier today, Burrows was seen grabbing his wrist and asking for help while he skated off.
added 3:40pm, Mark Spector of Sportsnet was on the scene and followed a video report, watch below...
Johan Franzen's skate caught the face of Alex Burrows who did return to the bench after going for repairs.
“I’m really excited because it’s a fresh start for everyone and you want a team where everybody pushes each other to be better and compete for jobs. It’s going to be interesting. I want to show what I can do and log some good minutes and start having some good games.
“For me at this point of my career, it’s about winning games and getting to the playoffs. We’re in a tough division and a tough conference, but if we can stay healthy and have 20 guys buying into Willie’s game plan and get good goaltending, you can compete with the best teams in the West.”
-Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks. More on Burrows from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
Twitter chatter can be the sign of something significant in the hockey world, and when you read the words "Alex Burrows" and "hit," you know something's happened, and in this case, near the conclusion of the New York Rangers' 3-1 win over Burrows' Vancouver Canucks...
In which John Tortorella was captured saying a naughty word by CBS Sports' Adam Gretz...
via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The ideal Christmas gift for the Vancouver Canucks will be a healthy Alex Burrows.
The under-producing forward’s season took a turn for the worse Sunday, when teammate Chris Tanev hit Burrows in the face on a clearing attempt and broke his jaw during the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. (Watch the injury at the 1:40 mark of the video above.)
Burrows’ agent, Paul Corbiel, confirmed to Vancouver radio station News 1130 that his client underwent successful jaw surgery Monday night in Dallas.
Watch the incident below...
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
If anyone is emotionally and contextually ready to write some hurtin’ lyrics for country music, it’s Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows. Alas, neither of his official languages has twang.
The 32-year-old from Quebec, where there are many cows but few cowboys, is hobbling under a 22-game goal-less slump that has gotten silly.
Burrows has no goals in 17 games this season, but at least has one save after guiding the puck off the Canucks’ goal-line to preserve Vancouver’s 3-2 win Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes. His regular-season scoring famine extends to the final five games of last season.
In these 22 games, when Burrows has averaged 18 minutes a night and played largely on the first line beside former National Hockey League scoring champions Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the winger has fired 61 shots on target without scoring.
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy with the video evidence.
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed left wing Alex Burrows.
Burrows, 31, collected 52 points (28-24-52) and 90 penalty minutes in 80 games played in 2011.12. He also set a career high for most game-winning goals in a season with seven, ranking 11th in the League in this category. Following the conclusion of the season, Burrows represented Team Canada at the World Championships.
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).
more on the Canucks…
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
About a six-hour drive southeast of Nashville, where Alex Burrows will play his 500th NHL game on Tuesday, is Greenville, South Carolina.
It’s a million miles from the NHL, but it’s where Burrows’ improbable professional hockey journey began nearly a decade ago.
Hockey wasn’t big in Greenville, or for that matter Baton Rouge, La., or Columbia, S.C., the other two stops Burrows made in the East Coast Hockey League.
He remembers long bus rides, punctuated by stops at places like McDonald’s and Subway to help the players stretch their paltry per diems. And he remembers that all anyone seemed to care about in those places was college football and basketball. A hockey puck was a foreign object.
It was a tough environment in which to chase your NHL dream, especially for a player like Burrows who had been passed up in the NHL draft.
“It was always a dream to play in the NHL and it was really a big dream sometimes with those long bus rides,” Burrows said before the Canucks departed Monday for Nashville. “You are going to games where there are no scouts and no one really cares about hockey. It’s all about college football, college basketball, that’s all people really care about. It’s tough to get out of there.”
I vote yes!
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From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:
Burrows took four penalties in the opener and coach Alain Vigneault suggested one - a goalie interference call on Tim Thomas - was largely unwarranted. The contact, in that case, did appear to be incidental and the Canucks have said that between games, they have contacted the NHL to get a clarification about why those calls are made, if Thomas is always leaving the crease to stop the puck. Thomas’s counterpart, Roberto Luongo, changed his style this season, to play deeper in the net, and Vigneault implied it had to do with avoiding incidental conduct.
According to Burrows, the answers were expected to come later Friday.
“At the same, I’ve got to be aware, around the net, to make sure I can’t bump the goalie. That’s his ice if he’s already there. I have to be smarter and make sure I don’t put my team down a man.”
Alex Burrows and Patrice Bergeron discuss the incident.
The Vancouver/Phoenix game was tied 0-0 with about 9 minutes left in the 3rd when Alex Burrows was assessed a five minute major for boarding, plus a ten and game misconduct.
The final score, Yotes 3, Canucks 1.
Watch the hit along with a few players discussing it, including Burrows. Have to chuckle at Luongo saying he never saw the hit, the replay doesn’t lie Roberto.
ESPN captures the moment.
Yes, I had Kesler in the headline instead of Bieksa and now fixed. Told you folks I need to recharge, I could feel it and this proves it.
from Brad Ziemer of PuckWorld at the Vancouver Sun,
Winger Alex Burrows has spent the past several days in Vancouver doing some rehab work on his surgically repaired shoulder.
Burrows had surgery to repair a torn labrum back in early June. The Canucks aren’t saying when Burrows will be ready to play, but this type of injury generally requires anywhere from four to six months of recovery time.
“At this point he’s working through his therapy program, he’s progressing and he’ll be evaluated again closer to the start of training camp,” assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said Thursday.
The Canucks are not making Burrows available for media interviews.
“We don’t mind facing anyone, but as far as Detroit, the only thing I dislike is having to fly there and having to stay there, to have to spend a couple of days in that city.”
“Hockey-wise, they’re a good team, but they’re very beatable. The last time we were at their building, we won 6-3.
“All the teams in the West are good, and any team you play is a tough challenge. No one is a walk in the park.”
-Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks when asked about playing the Red Wings in the playoffs. More on playing the Wings from Tom Mantzouranis of NHL Fanhouse.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
It’s hard to say the Wild got the shaft after referees Dennis LaRue and Brad Meier awarded them eight power plays, of which the Wild only scored on the final one, BUT, the Wild got the shaft.
After the Wild shockingly forced overtime on goals by Cody Almond and Antti Miettinen 23 seconds apart in the final 42 seconds of the third period, Alex Burrows, the king embellisher in the NHL, drew a bogus penalty in overtime when he lifted Greg Zanon’s stick into his own face and then shot his head back like he was nailed by a Matt Cooke elbow.
Zanon was called for high-sticking even though Burrows essentially high-sticked himself. It’s clear as day on video.
The refs bit, the Canucks got a 4-on-3 power play and the Canucks won it on Sami Salo’s blast through traffic. So, basically, Burrows—as is his reputation—once again made a pair of refs look bad.
Now, this was not an easy call. In real time, the refs see Zanon’s stick in Burrows’ face, so it’s hard to blame LaRue and Meier. So here’s the solution: Burrows is a known diver, an embellisher and really I’m amazed refs ever give him the benefit of the doubt.
continued and I looked for a video of the play but no luck. Did anyone see it and if so, do you agree with Russo?
added 8:38am, You can watch the game recap at TSN which shows the penalty, although brief.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
First reports from the medical room indicated Burrows was hit in the trachea area. There was no need for him to be taken immediately to hospital. Not long after the shot, he was upright and breathing fine. The concern was with the swelling. In 2007, when Roberto Luongo was hit in the throat in Montreal, the swelling forced him to spend a night in hospital.
more on Vancouver injuries…
via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,
“Obviously, there’s a rivalry,” understated (Alex) Burrows. “I know a lot of guys in this lockerroom don’t really like their players and we’re not big fans of them. But at the same time we’ve got to play smart.”
Puck drops just after 10:00pm ET tonight, Chicago vs. Vancouver, I’ll be watching, need a hockey fix quick…
Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows could be facing charges for an on-ice incident in a Montreal summer league game.
According to a report on RDS.ca, an investigation is underway in response to a complaint filed on July 21 that states Burrows violently struck the face of a goaltender with his stick during a game at the Excellent Ice Arena in Kirkland, Que.
The report said the family of the goaltender, 19-year old Koray Celik, would not comment about the incident on the advice of lawyers.
from Teryy Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Alex Burrows sits beside Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. And he plays on the same line as Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
When you’ve recently played for the Baton Rouge Kingfish, Columbia Inferno and the Greenville Grrrowl in the ECHL, this is the kind of stuff you don’t even dare dream about.
When you are a bigger name in ball hockey than an actual hockey, playing on the No. 1 line on a top team in the Stanley Cup playoffs and sitting beside the great goalie/captain is pretty heady stuff.
“I was making $425 a week and living the dream,” said Burrows when he came off the ice for the morning skate prior to Game 2 of the series against the St. Louis Blues.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,
When Colin Campbell called Alex Burrows on Monday, the NHL’s disciplinarian didn’t wish the feisty winger good luck in the postseason. He wished Burrows would stop pushing the envelope.
In that regard, Campbell gave Burrows a slap on the wrist by slapping him with a $2,500 US fine for reaching out from the bench Saturday and punching Oilers enforcer Zack Stortini in the final minute of play at Edmonton. Burrows got a 10-minute misconduct.
“I wasn’t too happy about it [fine], and I let him know,” said Burrows. “He said I was on his watch list for a while, and he said there were two incidents from last year and with my reputation, he was watching me. But I told him I’ve been good lately, and I don’t know why I should be on that watch list….”
via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
During the melee, Vancouver’s Alex Burrows and the Hawks’ Duncan Keith got tangled and Burrows yanked Keith to the ice by his hair and continued pulling on the defenseman’s mane as they wrestled on the ice.
“That’s not something I’ve ever had happen to me,” Keith said. “My little sister never even pulled my hair when I was a kid. It’s kind of comical when you have a grown man trying to pull your hair on the ice.”
“I don’t know what the ruling is,” Keith said. “I don’t know if the league reviews that or not. It’s pretty blatant he was pulling my hair.”
The pulling of hair is prohibited and normally would draw a match penalty. However, none of the officials on the ice saw it as they were tending to ther other fights on the ice.
“I think it’s silly,” Hawks forward Adam Burish said. “There’s no spot for that. I think that’s stupid the way he was pulling [Keith’s] hair. Especially a nice haircut like Duncan has. I didn’t see it at the time [but] I’m sure I would have been more mad than I was already.”
The video of the whole incident was posted on KK early today if you missed it.
Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks breaks down the NFL Conference Championship games.
from the Vancouver Province,
In a telephone conversation with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following practice, the Vancouver Canucks winger was informed his pre-game incident with Detroit Red Wings pest Aaron Downey at centre ice Saturday at GM Place has not escaped closer scrutiny.
“I thought we had moved on from that incident and I don’t know how much [the fine] will be and I’ll probably get a letter,” said Burrows. “Hopefully, the next pay cheque will be in.”
When Burrows checked in for work Saturday, he and Downey sparked a brief scrum during the warm-up.
“He wanted to get his team going and he said he was going to take care of me,” recalled Burrows. “I was ready for him. I asked him how his potato farm was doing. He probably likes the french fries the most because he’s a little chubby.”