Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows could have been a victim of salary cuts following his 2012-13 season with the ‘Nucks, but the now veteran is now looking to the future after being retained after new general manager Jim Benning kept the former ECHL-to-Western Conference Finals hero for the 2014/15 season.
Burrows struggled mightily during his season last year that was marred by injury, never getting enough momentum to provide the spark that Canucks fans are used to from the scrappy and skilled left wing who quite possibly had the worst season of any player on the roster. That down season means that the Canucks will be getting a motivated and hopefully healthy Burrows back after missing the playoffs, something the forward himself is excited for in a new chapter of Vancouver Canucks hockey.
From The Hockey News:
“Satisfaction is the beginning of regression,” Burrows said. “Never be satisfied, keep working hard. I had a tough year with injuries and broken bones, but it’s a new year, a new chapter. A lot of us weren’t too happy with the season we had and it’s a fresh start for a bunch of us.”
Burrows also discussed his future playing with his longtime linemates in Daniel and Henrik Sedin, two players that have had a rotating list of wingers during their Canucks careers (Jason King? Anson Carter?) but none who have had stuck around as long or as memorably than Burrows in being able to link up with the twins. That didn’t happen last season as Burrows scored just five goals and with Radim Vrbata coming in, a player who Benning says he feels will fit in well with the Sedins, Burrows is seemingly okay with allowing his former Junior teammate filling the role if it happens.
“Funny story,” Burrows said. “I used to play junior with Radim in Shawinigan. He was a first-liner, I was a fourth-liner, but I got to play with him for a few games back then. During the past decade, I’ve always talked to him during warmups. We’ve gotten along. If he’s with the twins, great, or if I’m with them – at the end of the day, winning is more important than personal stats. That’s how I’m looking at it.”
Vrbata or Burrows are the veteran favorites to be placed alongside the Sedin twins, and after scoring so little when he was healthy last season it might be a reality that Burrows has to face in losing his role to Vrbata. Regardless of where he plays, Burrows still has a lot to contribute to Vancouver when he is healthy. Something that Benning is hoping is the case as Burrows is now a veteran leader with playoff experience, if the Canucks are to go back to the playoffs in a quick turnaround one of the keys will be pairing the right player with the Sedin twins. Following Burrows struggles last season, the Henrik-Daniel-Burrows line pairing could be a thing of the past.