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Canucks Trade Burrows to Ottawa Senators

USATSI_9890758_154158418_lowresThe Vancouver Canucks have traded Alexandre Burrows to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen.

Burrows is in the final year of a four-year contract worth $18 million and has been at the centre of trade talks for some time now. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Burrows has spent a dozen seasons in Vancouver, where he became a fixture and often played hockey with the Sedin twins.

The 35-year-old has been one of the most effective pests in the game, amassing 1,066 penalty minutes in 822 career games with the Canucks. But he’s also put points on the board, with 20 points in 55 games this season.

Burrows benefitted greatly from playing with the twins, as evidenced in 2009-2010 when he put up 67 points and scored a career-high 35 goals. He has 384 career points, including 193 career goals.

Burrows also has considerable playoff experience, with 70 games in the tank and 34 playoff points.

But the backstory is more interesting than the statistics, as Burrows was an undrafted free agent who signed with Manitoba in October of 2003 and rode the wave until the Canucks signed him in November of 2005.

His seasoning came as a ball hockey player, where he picked up the 2005 International Ball Hockey Player of the Year award before he worked his way up to the big leagues from the ECHL.

In Dahlen, the Canucks are getting a solid prospect. He’s currently skating with Timrå IK in Sweden. He also put up five goals in seven games for the Swedes at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and has the versatility to line up at any forward position.

The 19-year-old is on the small side at 5’11, 176 pounds, but he could add bulk for the NHL game. He is the son of former NHLer Ulf Dahlen and was drafted by Ottawa in 2016.

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