Burrows' "no-brainer" deal
Alex Burrows was preparing to practice at UBC with a handful of his Vancouver Canucks teammates Friday morning when his phone rang.
In a flash he was back in flip-flops, short and a t-shirt on his way to Rogers Arena.
What was the emergency? Well, it wasn’t technically an emergency, but wouldn’t you want to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract as soon as you could?
“I’m really excited,” smiled Burrows, moments after signing his John Hancock roughly 10 times in the presence of assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning, and director of hockey administration Jonathan Wall.
“Me and my family really like it here in Vancouver, we like the organization, it’s a team that wants to win and wants to win the Stanley Cup and that’s exactly what I want to do. It makes sense for me to get a deal done and be here for another five years will be a lot of fun.”
The four-year extension, plus the year he had remaining on his current contract, keeps the 31-year-old Pincourt, Quebec, native with the Canucks through the 2016-17 season.
Many of Vancouver’s core players are until contract for at least the next two seasons, if not the next four, and that made re-signing with the Canucks a no-brainer for Burrows.
“Especially seeing guys like Kes, Kevin and the twins, they’re all still going to be here for a while and that’s really exciting. I know they’re good players and really committed, they’re working hard in the off-season to be in the best shape of their lives to come back and have another strong season and hopefully we win the ultimate prize.”
Burrows, who had 52 points (28-24-52) in 80 games last season and has 270 points (139-131-270) in 522 games since signing with the Canucks as a free-agent on November 8, 2005, said contract talks began just a few short weeks ago and he described them as “really great.”
The Canucks wanted Burrows locked down long-term and Burrows had eyes for no one but the Canucks.
“Especially because of the way they treat people around here,” said Burrows. “They’re really good to the players. The organization is really committed to winning and is willing to do whatever it can to help the players to succeed.
“Plus me and my wife really like the city of Vancouver, we think it’s a beautiful place to live and to raise a family, so that all made this a no-brainer.”
Now comes the difficult part.
“Obviously I’m hoping we’ll be playing sooner rather than later,” he said, alluding to a potential lockout. “I’m just really excited and I can’t wait to get back on the ice with the guys.”
Until then, or for at least the upcoming weekend, Burrows will be flooded with phone calls, texts and emails congratulating him on adding yet another chapter to his improbable run from his ECHL days with the Greenville Grrrowl, Baton Rouge Kingfish and Columbia Inferno to being a vital component of Vancouver Canucks hockey.
“I’ll get out and enjoy this weather too,” he smiled. “Probably go home after this and go for a nice walk on the seawall and just enjoy the rest of the day.”
While Burrows was at Rogers Arena Friday, we got him to autograph a limited edition signature series Canucks stick. Winning is easy, just share your favourite Burrows memory below and one lucky fan will take it home.