The Vancouver Canucks took care of a little business less than 48 hours before the last hour of work could be concluded under the current CBA.
Alexandre Burrows, who posted 52 points last season, signed a four-year, $18-million dollar contract amid a flurry of last minute contract extensions around the league. The current collective bargaining agreement, signed in 2004-05, will expire at midnight on Saturday.
The 31-year-old has a year remaining on his current contract, which means his extension puts him under club control until the 2016-17 season. With uncertain times ahead, Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman wanted to provide the team with as much clarity as possible in terms of player personnel. Friday, he accomplished that.
“Alex is a huge member of our team and an important part of our dressing room.” the assistant GM commented after watching the Ontario native put pen to paper. “He is a born and bred Canuck, and we could not be happier to have him signed long-term.”
Burrows joins a cadre of Canucks, including Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis, as players under contract until the 2016-17 season. Team captain Henrik Sedin and brother Daniel both have two seasons remaining on their contracts. Winger Chris Higgins, who posted 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points and posted a career high 52 points only four seasons ago, is the most notable contributor with one year left.
“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, signed as a free agent on November 8, 2005, has career numbers of 270 points (139-131-270) in 522 games with Vancouver.