Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/12/12
Vancouver’s UFA’s in 2013 – Part 3

In Part 1 I looked at Alex Edler.

In Part 2 I looked at Manny Malhotra.

This may be a no brainer, but today I take a look at Alex Burrows and his pending UFA status. What’s in store for him and the Canucks in 2013?

Name: Alex Burrows
Contract Expires: July 1st, 2013
Current Cap Hit: $2,000,000

Humble Beginnings

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?

What is that package worth?

As Burrows began to emerge as a goal scorer, GM Mike Gillis was quick to sign him to a four-year extension worth $2 million per year. Quite the jump in pay, but every year since he signed, Burrows has proved beyond a shadow on a doubt that he is worth that money, if not more.

It’s safe to say that Burrows is due a substantial raise in 2013. How much though?

Well, that depends on how you look at it. Will Burrows try to score a home run? Or will he take a little less to be a part of a great team?

There’s no reason to think that he won’t be offered at least double what he’s making now.

If you look at contracts signed in the last two seasons there are a couple that stick out as bench marks for what Burrows could make.

Assessing Market Value

David Jonesof the Colorado Avalanche is coming off back-to-back 20 goal seasons and he was rewarded with a new four-year contract worth $4 million per season. Did I mention that Jones has had one season of 25+ goals?

Burrows scores goals, kills penalties, makes plays and takes the body.

That’s something that will definitely come into play with Vancouver and Burrows’ camp when it comes time to negotiate a new deal.

Stupid Money

Another contract that stands out is that of Ville Leino.

Buffalo signed him to a six-year, $27 million dollar contract at the end of the 2010-2011 season. Leino’s career high in goals for a single season is 19; he scored those in 2010-2011, “earning” a pay increase from $800,000 per year to $4,500,000.

Needless to say, Burrows can use both the Jones and Leino contracts as leverage when negotiating his new deal with Vancouver.

Life without Burrows

I can’t picture it. In fact, I would bet money that Alex Burrows is back, baring the quick advancement of a young prospect. Even then, I could still see Burrows sticking around with the team and another player being made available instead of him.

He’s done too much for the team, and the team has done a lot for him. I can’t see him walking away because of money.

I would expect Burrows, like some of the other core players Vancouver have locked up, to take a slight pay cut to stay here.

I’m not saying he’ll accept a low-ball offer, but it would be significantly less than he would get from another team.


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